Just 24 hours before the start of the BMW PGA Championship last year, Rory McIlroy announced he was ending his two-and-a-half year relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
The pair were engaged after McIlroy popped the question on New Year’s Eve 2013 but, on May 21 last year, the world No.1 released a statement announcing the split, saying he ‘wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails’.
And since then, what a 12 months it has been for the Northern Irishman. It’s hard to believe McIlroy was world No.10 this time last year, but that soon changed after a win at Wentworth.
We’ve taken a look back at McIlroy’s magnificent year.
May 25, 2014
Just four days after announcing he and Wozniacki would be going their separate ways, McIlroy had his first win on either the PGA Tour or European Tour for 18 months – he did win the Australian Open in December 2013.
McIlroy shot a six-under final round of 66 to beat Shane Lowry by one shot as he moved up to No.6 in the world.
July 20, 2014
McIlroy moves up to No.2 in the world following his first Open Championship win at Royal Liverpool by two strokes from Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.
The Northern Irishman became the first European to win three different majors and joined Tiger Woods as the only players to have won the Silver Medal and the Gold Medal at the tournament.
August 3, 2014
Two weeks after his Open triumph, Spaniard Garcia was once again trailing in McIlroy’s wake as he won his first World Golf Championship title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone.
The win returned Rory McIlroy to the No.1 spot – where he has remained ever since – as he shot another final round of 66 to win by two strokes.
August 10, 2014
Another week, another win for McIlroy as he claimed his fourth major title and his second at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.
The win marked his third in four weeks, as he carded no worse than a 68 throughout his four rounds to pip Phil Mickelson by one shot.
September 14, 2014
McIlroy finishes runner-up alongside Jim Furyk to Billy Horschel in the season-ending Tour Championship.
September 28, 2014
The world No.1 plays a vital role in Team Europe’s defence of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. He was an ever-present throughout all five sessions and gained three points, which included an immense 5&4 victory over Rickie Fowler in the singles on Sunday.
November 23, 2014
Wins the European Tour Race to Dubai for the second time in three years after finishing runner-up to Henrik Stenson at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
February 1, 2015
Rory McIlroy wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the second time in his career, equaling the tournament record score of 22-under par alongside Stephen Gallacher and Thomas Bjorn.
The Northern Irishman shot a second round of 64 as he raced to a comfortable victory, three shots clear of Alex Noren in second.
April 12, 2015
In pursuit of a career grand slam, a fantastic weekend showing at the Masters wasn’t enough for McIlroy to reel in Jordan Spieth, who led the tournament from start to finish.
McIlroy was ten-under for the weekend, but a pair of 71s in his opening two rounds left him with too much to do to catch the young American.
May 3, 2015
The world No.1 won three matches on Sunday to secure his second World Golf Championship title at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park.
The new format meant a player could lose one match and still progress, but McIlroy went unbeaten throughout, seeing off Jim Furyk in the semi-final before defeating Gary Woodland in the final. The win was McIlroy’s tenth on the PGA Tour, becoming only the third player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win ten PGA Tour events and four majors before the age of 26.
May 17, 2015
McIlroy continues his dominance with a seven-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
The 26-year-old smashed the tournament record score by five shots in the process and in the third round, beat his own tournament course record with a scintillating round of 61.
Rory McIlroy :: A magnificent 12 months
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