Plastic Tees: Why Rory McIlroy SO Deserves the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year Award

Sometimes, people get accolades they don’t deserve. The rest of the time, Rory McIlroy wins the PGA Tour’s player of the year award.

Four wins, including an eight-shot victory at the PGA Championship. Nike’s biggest face. 23 years old. And, the new king of professional golf. McIlroy is the youngest winner of the player of the year¬†award since Tiger Woods in 1997. Remember that year? Yeah, Rory is only two years older. Tiger won his second major in 1999, and then erupted for, like, lots more.

“It’s just a great way to end what has been a year, my best season so far,” said McIlroy, taking an extra dose of Vitamin Duh.

In 2011, Rory took over the golfing world’s attention with his earth-shattering victory at the US Open. It was even more impressive because it was just a couple months after his collapse at that year’s Masters. Since then, we’ve all been waiting for him to slingshot ahead of guys like Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. (Funny how they’re all suddenly European.)

Oh, and Tiger Woods.

“I’ve always felt like I’ve been dedicated to the game and I’ve practiced hard and I’ve worked at it,” he said, according to BreakingNews.ie. “But, I guess over the past 18 months, especially after winning the US Open, I sort of felt like I went to the next stage of my career. I feel like my personality away from the golf course hasn’t changed, but definitely when I get to the golf course I’m maybe a little more professional, a little more business-like.”

That personality away from the golf course¬†includes his also-famous girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. She was accused of being Yoko Ono or — at best — Brad Pitt’s version of Robin Givens. Rory, though, believes she’s made him stronger. That may have been hard to believe last year, because he was struggling just a wee bit. But, now, I guess we can give him a break.

Right?

“Seeing how hard she works and how hard she practices and how dedicated she is, it definitely flipped a switch with me that I could be a little more like that.”

Behind every great man is a greater woman. Ask Macbeth.