31 Dec '15, 5pm

What a difference a year makes. Newsmaker of the Year, No. 7: Rory McIlroy:

What a difference a year makes. Newsmaker of the Year, No. 7: Rory McIlroy:

When he hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy in the dark last year at Valhalla, it seemed unthinkable that Rory McIlroy wouldn’t be on top of the golf world one year later. If you had told someone – anyone – that McIlroy would win four times in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and not be No. 1, you might have been dragged away by well-meaning gentlemen in white caddie smocks. Go back and look at the world rankings on Aug. 10, 2014, the night of McIlroy’s PGA Championship victory. He was two points ahead of No. 2 Adam Scott , five and a half points ahead of No. 10 Jason Day and closer to six points ahead of No. 12 Jordan Spieth . The latter two would have to do something outrageous to pass him. Combined they would have to win something like 12 worldwide events, including three majors, for roughly $30 million. And yet here we sit, with McIlroy behind Spieth and Day in the ...

Full article: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/nick-menta/newsmaker-no-7...

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