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We watched his cherubic traits take on the more angular edge of adulthood as his game evolved into something so impressive as to leave us with little doubt we'd be watching an Ulsterman golfer on Sunday afternoons for years to come.
There were, in fact, periods of mental malaise, the most recent of which came earlier this summer with a string of missed cuts, but as the summer waned, McIlroy staged an assertive comeback, winning the 2012 PGA Championship by a record eight shots and displaying an astonishing consistency on the greens. Yesterday it was the Deutsche Bank Championship and a follow-up win that had more than a few golf writers celebrating the dawning of the McIlroy era. Tiger Woods shot a 66 yesterday to finish two strokes back in third while third round leader Louis Oosthuizen settled for second. Not surprisingly others saw yesterday's outcome from a slightly different perspective calling it the end of the Tiger era.
Meanwhile for hopeful golf fans the world over, yesterday's outcome signaled the tantalizing possibility of golf's next great rivalry.
For now however, I'll leave you with a few Rory stories from the past ...stories I posted during the rapid ascent of Mr. McIlroy.
Rory Mcilroy's Weekend... Under Monty's Watchful Eye
Final Note from Dunhill Links: A Stellar Day for Dyson
Dubai Golf - Lee Westwood Wins, Rory McIlroy Reacts