“There’s no doubt [he can be World Number one]. But hopefully it’s not while I’m around [laughs],” Tiger Woods, March 2009 Golf.com.
Eh, sorry Tiger. No such luck.
With Rory McIlroy’s victory at the Honda Classic, the 22 year old became the second youngest world number one since Tiger in 1997. Even a late surge from the American couldn’t stop Ireland’s young hotshot claiming the tag he seemed destined to gain. The world’s best player. From his humble beginnings in Hollywood, County Down to the US Open at Congressional to playing tennis with two of the hottest female tennis players in the world, it’s been quite a ride to the top. W’ve cobbled together some memorable moments on McIlroy’s rise to the top!
Skills and chipping into a washing machine!
A first Tour win, despite a wobble in the stretch.
His first PGA win at Quail Hollow. What a putt to seal it!!
After disappointment at Augusta, US Open victory at Congressional was sweet.
Take a bow son!
**Probably needs to work on those celebrations though.