Rory McIlroy: What does it take to be the Golfing world's new Number One?

Even by the Northern Irishman’s standards, Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Honda Classic on 4th of March 2012 was remarkable and deserving of the reward of not just his fifth professional victory, but his place as the new world number one golfer now assured. So, let’s take a look at this remarkable young player and investigate why he is not just the best golfer in the world at present, but also one of the most popular.

 

1. Consistency

Perhaps the most remarkable statistic about Rory McIlroy is that since the USPGA Championship last year, the youngster has only finished outside the top five of any golf tournament he has entered, once.

That level of consistency is astonishing. His consistent performance in all conditions at the Honda were a great example of that, four rounds in the 60’s and a two-stroke win evidence that while other players may shoot a lower round on occasion, McIlroy has the game to shoot low rounds almost every time he ventures out onto the golf course.

Rory-McIlroy-world-no-1-golfer Honda Classic

 

2. Media

Let’s not forget that while much of Rory’s success comes from his ability swinging a golf club, he is a media darling for many other reasons. From his first appearance on a TV Show in Ireland as a fresh faced youngster, chipping golf balls into a washing machine.

The congenial youngster has been a darling of the press. His current dalliance with Women’s Tennis World Number One Carolina Wozniacki means the pair are a gossip sheets dream. Unlike some others, who have grown to despise press intrusion, McIlroy treats this with a charming degree of alacrity and a clear understanding that it is all part of his job.

 

3. Family

McIlroy has received unequivocal support from his closest family in order to achieve his dreams. From turning their garden at home into a practice putting green, to selling the family silver to support the young Rory, Gerry McIlroy has always been there for his son. As a teenager playing in golf tournaments across Ireland, the UK and the world, there were times when McIlroy didn’t have the wealth he enjoyed now and relied heavily on the support he received from home. It is therefore warming to see how close his relationship is with his father especially, who was there to witness his son lift his first major success at last years US Open.

Rory-McIlroy and GGB team in Scotland

Rory McIlroy and Jonathan from GGB in Scotland in 2010

 

4. Friends

For a young pro trying to make their way onto the professional tour, life can be hard and having the advice of one of the world’s finest and most respected golfers must be a boon. McIlroy certainly enjoyed that when he befriended another Irish golfing legend Darren Clarke at a relatively young age. Clarke even gave the young McIlroy his mobile number, which the awe-inspired youngster was too shy to call initially. Since then, the two have become firm friends on and off the fairways and Clarke’s advice will no doubt have been invaluable to McIlroy during his formative years both before and on tour.

 

5. Ability

Of course, the one thing that Rory McIlroy has that has made him the new World Golf Number One Golfer is ability. Luke Donald rates him as the best natural golfer he has ever seen and watching McIlroy, particularly during the third round of the Honda tournament and especially at the US Open last year, it is hard to argue against that. Time after time, McIlroy produces shots of stunning accuracy that perhaps only Woods, Nicklaus or Ballesteros at their very best would even consider, let alone execute.

World number one golfer Rory-McIlroy
 

Add to this mix a dash of maturity, the respect of fellow professionals, immense distance from the tee, beautiful touch on and around the greens and accurate iron play and you have the recipe for the world’s greatest golfer and those professionals hoping that McIlroy may be a flash-in-the-pan, take heed of the words of 3 time major winner Padraig Harrington who noted yesterday:

There are very few players as good at him at his age out there winning   tournaments. There are guys with potential, but he’s already delivered. And he has a good balance   in his life. He doesn’t look like a guy who is going to burn out. He looks like he’s going to be here for a while.

 

Images by  Rory McIlroy Facebook Page

 

 

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