LA QUINTA, California - Rory McIlroy has been voted US PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times.
McIlroy sure didn't feel like a player of the year when he arrived at Kiawah Island for the final major of the year. He had missed three cuts, had not contended in a major and had only one win.
The last two months changed everything.
While the tour does not disclose the vote of its players, Tuesday's announcement was the equivalent of a tap-in. McIlroy wound up with four wins, including his eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship, and made a clean sweep of the biggest awards by winning the money title and having the lowest adjusted scoring average.
"It's just a great way to end what has been a great year, my best season so far," McIlroy said.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland became the youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods at age 21 in 1997. He also was the third European to win in the last five years, joining Padraig Harrington of Ireland in 2008 and England's Luke Donald last year.