He's got the personality and attitude to match his skills.
Tiger Woods was the top-ranked golfer in the world from 2005 through 2009 before he lost his crown for one year to Lee Westwood in 2010. Luke Donald wore the crown in 2011.
Nothing against Westwood and Donald, who are both outstanding golfers, but they don't carry themselves around the course the way McIlroy and Woods are able to.
Call it charisma or intangibles; both McIlroy and Woods have them by the boatload.
Woods is now a worthy challenger to McIlroy in the world rankings. While he's right behind McIlroy, his game is not functioning at peak efficiency the way McIlroy's is.
Woods could make some repairs to his game, but McIlroy is still getting better at the age of 23.
It would take a major surge by Woods or any other golfer to take the No. 1 ranking from McIlroy.
Here are his report card grades from the 2012 golf season.