In the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. In the PGA Tour calendar? Yes, it’s 2012, but it’s also the Year of Rory.
Rory McIlroy began his season in the same place he ended it, The United Arab Emirates. What was the difference between the beginning and the end? Not much, just one place higher on the leaderboard, which is the most he could move up after a 2nd place finish in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. But enough about the beginning and the end, let’s get to the part that matters, the rest of the year, which included the four majors, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and the Race to Dubai.
After his fast start at the Abu Dhabi tournament, Rory continued the great play by not finishing outside the top five in any tournament until the Masters, which ended on April 8. So, the time it took for Rory to finish a tournament outside the top five was more than two, yes two, months. During that span, Rory competed in five tournaments, finishing first,...