Was there really any question who would be No. 1 on this list? With a swing that has been compared to Ben Hogan, and maturity well beyond his years, the 22-year-old Northern Irishmen has been labeled as the “next Tiger Woods.”
Mcilroy won his first European Tour event in 2009 and his first PGA Tour event in 2010 at the Quail Hallow Championship. As with Tiger Woods, Mcilroy has not been judged on how he performs in regular tour events, but all the focus is on the majors.
Rory had shown flashes of brilliance in the majors like his two top 10 finishes in 2009 and an opening round 63 at the 2010 Open Championship, eventually tying for third.
Rory looked like he was well on his way to the top of the World Golf Rankings, and then came the 2011 Masters Tournament. Rory had played flawlessly for three days and came in to the final
round with a four shot lead over the nearest competitor.
On the 10th hole of the final round, everything went wrong for the young Mcilroy when he snap
hooked his drive into the trees and proceeded to shoot the highest score by a leader in the history of the Masters.
Mcilroy handled the situation with incredible class even though he was ridiculed by experts and critics alike. Rory came into the U.S. Open with a lot of question marks surrounding his
Mcilroy answered those questions. Rory set 12 individual scoring records on his way two an eight shot victory over Jason Day in one of the most impressive performances in major championship history. Not since Tiger Wood’s 15 shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open had the world of golf seen anything like this.
Mcilroy now enters the 2012 season as the third ranked player in the world and the expectations have been raised even higher for the mop-topped youngster.