Rory McIlory: Golf Magazine’s 2011 Player of the Year

Golf Magazine has long prided itself on providing the best news, instruction, equipment reviews and travel coverage in the category. Now, for the first time, Golf is acknowledging the Player of the Year: Rory McIlroy. It’s a strong choice, to say the least. From the class he showed after losing his final-round lead at the Masters to his dominant victory at the U.S. Open just two months later, no player in the sport was as memorable in 2011 as the native of Holywood, Northern Ireland. In the Editor’s Letter of the Dec. 2011 issue of Golf Magazine (on newsstands Nov. 11), David M. Clarke writes: “Still only 22, Rory has a wonderful life of golfing achievement ahead of him, and we wish him well.”

Not to mention congratulations. Read on for more after the break.


The Dec. 2011 issue of Golf Magazine, on newsstands Nov. 11, marks the launch of a new franchise, the Golf Magazine Player of the Year.  As determined by Sports Illustrated Golf Group’s writers and editors, Rory McIlroy has been named the publication’s inaugural Player of the Year.  The 22-year-old transcended golf more than any other player in the game in 2011, losing one major in heart-wrenching fashion and winning another with one of the most explosive performances the game has ever seen.

“We are pleased to name Rory McIlroy as our inaugural Player of the Year,” said David Clarke, Editor of Golf Magazine.  “Americans have embraced this young Northern Irishman, taking him into their hearts not just out of admiration for his amazing talent, but also for the grace he has shown in victory and defeat, his generosity of time with fans, and his commitments to causes beyond golf.”

The December issue includes a special 16-page section devoted to Rory, including a look back at his historical year; a special feature on his hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland; a look at the inner circle of people closest to him; and an in-depth analysis of his game.

Additionally, an exclusive feature on Rory’s former agent Chubby Chandler includes the following insight from his newly hired agent, Conor Ridge: “Chubby is an ex-player and all the guys who work for him are ex-players, which is great in some ways. We’re businessmen. We have more of a corporate approach with how we manage our sponsors, our players and their brands.”

For more about the inaugural Player of the Year Award, please check the December issue of Golf Magazine, visit, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.


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