A new No. 1
A four-win season in 2012 catapulted Rory McIlroy to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings as he delivered awe-inspiring performances every time he stepped inside the ropes.
With the 2012 PGA TOUR season now complete, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Friday’s question: Who is your PGA TOUR Player of Year?
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• Rory McIlroy, and it wasn’t close. Tiger Woods can still win golf tournaments, but we’re witnessing the passing of the torch from one generation to the next right now. McIlroy had four wins, including a command performance at the PGA Championship, and has all the tools to be the best player in the game for the next 10-15 years. — Brian Wacker, Producer
• Is this a trick question? Is there any other response than McIlroy? He won the PGA Championship, two FedExCup Playoffs and The Honda Classic. Anyone who submits another player loses their GWAA card. — Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
• Rory. He’s starting to set the bar at Tiger levels. Can he maintain that in 2013? Can’t wait to find out. — John Schwarb, Producer
• 2012 will be remembered as the season in which McIlroy shifted the sport’s balance of power and began his separation from the man who dominated the game for 15 years, Tiger Woods. It will represent the first of several Jack Nicklaus trophies in the Northern Irishman’s future. — John Swantek, host, On the Tee
• McIlroy. He won four times, including a major, and two FedExCup Playoff events. He was first in scoring average, second in all-around (Keegan Bradley) and first in top-10 finishes with 10. Enough said. — Bill Cooney, Producer
• Hard to believe in a year where Tiger won three times there would be no contest. Rory wins, hands down, after his PGA Championship win and back-to-back victories in the FedExCup Playoffs. — Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
• McIlroy. Four wins in four big-time events, including the PGA Championship and two FedExCup Playoffs wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. No one can match that. — Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
• McIlroy. His PGA Championship and awesome run in the FedExCup Playoffs made us forget he was the best player early in the year, too. He had four finishes of third or better in his first five starts. — Ryan Smithson, Producer
• McIlroy. Tiger and Brandt Snedeker are only other players to consider, but four victories and a runner-up showing in the FedExCup race make McIlroy the Player of the Year in my book. — Chris Dunham, Producer
• McIlroy. He won a PGA TOUR-high four times. He also led the circuit in earnings and adjusted scoring. — Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert
• McIlroy. There is no way to top the Northern Irishman’s season. He won his second major championship by eight strokes and followed that with back-to-back wins in the FedExCup Playoffs. You can also throw in his impressive victory at The Honda Classic. There just wasn’t another player to put together performances like those. — Amanda Balionis, host, PGA TOUR Today
• You’ve heard about the wins and the money already. Here’s another way to put into words just how dominant McIlroy was this year: He finished in the top 10 in 63 percent of his starts in 2012. The next closest was 47 percent (Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods). — D.J. Piehowski, Social Media Coordinator
• McIlroy — Those back-to-back Playoffs wins, just weeks after his second major crown, brought a new level of energy to the FedExCup Playoffs. Plus, he held off the best Tiger could throw at him earlier in the season and got the win at The Honda Classic to claim his rightful spot atop the Official World Golf Rankings. — Lauren Teague, Social Media Manager
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