Making the most of a soft Congressional layout, he romps to his first major title by an eight-stroke margin at the 2011 U.S. Open, his first major start after the Masters meltdown.
After struggling on the weekend at Royal St. George’s (74-73), site of the 2011 Open, the Northern Irishman tells the media afterward that he’s “not a fan of golf tournaments that are predicted so much by weather.”
He shoots four rounds in the 60s to win the 2012 Honda Classic by two strokes. The next day he moves to No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time in his career.
In what may be his most dominant major performance – even more so than at Congressional – McIlroy wins the ’12 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by eight strokes, which includes a round-of-the-week 66 on Sunday.
Back-to-back playoff victories at the ’12 Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship complete his best season on Tour, although he doesn’t win the FedExCup, following a tie for 10th at the Tour Championship.
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