McIlroy's earned it, and anything else would be an injustice.
Since 1997, Woods has embodied Theodore Roosevelt's ideology, "speak softly and carry a big stick," and he's captivated the golfing world in the process.
However, the spotlight has now officially shifted to the curly-haired kid from Northern Ireland.
On the heels of his seemingly debilitating Masters collapse in 2011, McIlroy reassured us of his super-stardom by cruising to two major championship victories; the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, winning both by an unheralded eight shots.
From the moment that Woods' scandal surfaced in November 2009, the PGA has been on a scavenger hunt for a new face of golf, in spite of their unwavering public support of Tiger.
Rory appears to be the golden boy that PGA commissioner Tim Finchem has been praying for.
When Tiger's 281-week reign at world No. 1 ended in October 2010, four guys took turns at the top.
Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and most recently Rory McIlroy.
None of them managed to garner people's infatuation like McIlroy has.
Here are four validating reasons why McIlroy should be the next face of golf.