Rory McIlroy was named PGA Tour player of the year on Tuesday.
And in other surprising news, Ian Poulter still douses his hair with gel. . . .
McIlroy was a lock to win the last big award of the 2012 season given his impressive achievements:
- Five wins -- including a major, the PGA at Kiawah Island -- in 24 starts across the world and nine other top-five finishes, including four runner-ups.
- Won both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles, earning $11,953,586 to break Tiger Woods' 2007 single-season money record of $10,867,052.
- Extended his lead in the official world golf rankings to 4.33 points over No. 2 Luke Donald, a margin not seen since Woods dominated golf.
- Won both the PGA of America's Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson award for the lowest adjusted scoring average.
"He's on another stratosphere from everyone else right now," said Graeme McDowell.
What's remarkable about McIlroy's feats is that he was mired in a slump ...