It would have been pretty amazing if Rory McIlroy has continued the pace he put forth in 2014 into the following year – two Major victories, the win at the Race to Dubai, and leading both the PGA and European Tours in money earned.
Surely one guy would be better in 2015, but two? Yes, McIlroy ended 2015 ranked No. 3 in the world, despite having a very nice season in which he won four tournaments despite suffering an injury that, had it been more serious, would have been one of the biggest gaffes in professional sports history.
He also got engaged in 2015, and let’s hope that goes a little smoother than the last time. He also had laser surgery to correct his vision, something he says he’s wanted to do since he was 18, but wanted to make sure he’d be “OK” if it didn’t work well.
He started 2015 in fantastic fashion, winning the Dubai Desert Classic with a record-tying 22-under and was fourth at The Masters, his best finish there in his career. He followed that up with a victory at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, his second career WGC title, a win which saw him join Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only men to win four Majors and 10 total PGA tournaments before turning 25.
After an ugly 80 at the Irish Open, he tore his ACL while playing soccer with friends and missed the Open Championship, the first defending champion to sit out in 40 years. He did not win again until it mattered most, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, allowing him to win the Race to Dubai title for the third time in four years.