Rory McIlroy is right where he belongs -- in a league of his own.
That's the way it has always been.
McIlroy concluded his 2012 season Sunday at Dubai with a victory in the European Tour finale. He is the top-ranked player in the world and the reigning money champion on both the Euro and PGA tours.
I first saw McIlroy play in the 2003 British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool when he was 14. I had heard all the hype, but I have to say I wasn't sure it was justified. McIlroy lost in the first round to unknown Englishman Graham Benson.
However, it soon became clear that McIlroy was a class apart. It was obvious he wasn't like other juniors. For a start, he didn't play many junior events. That was the only British Boys Championship he played in.
Unlike other youngsters, he seemed intent on testing himself against bigger opposition. He was selected for the Great Britain & Ireland Jacques Leglise team on several occasions but didn't play. Geoff Toye, the then chairman of sele...