This was originally posted on APC forums on 11/23/2011
Who replace the Tiger?
Those thoughts were quickly dispelled as McIlroy banished the regrets of the Masters and shot a 268 aggregate score to finish 16 under par to in a record breaking victory. It was the victory he should have had at the Masters.But it showed his critics he really does have what it takes, and when he is on form, he is discount golf clubs better than the world, and by a long, long way. At the time of writing, he is No. 2 in the world rankings, after coming fourth in the WCG-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, and he is on the way up. Only Luke Donald of England stands between him and the number one spot. Donald has a great record in smaller tournaments, but has never hit his best form for the majors, as has been the case with so many other players. McIlroy will be eagerly awaiting the next major — the Masters in Augusta next April — where he will hope to wipe the slate clean and to take the title he should have taken this year. At just 22, he's mature for his age, and with another Titleist 910 D3 Driver year under his belt after the biggest throwaway of his career, he know he has what it takes, and he will be confident of keeping a cool head throughout the tournament. If McIlroy takes the lead in any of the majors in 2012, expect him to hand on to it. He might not end up being as prolific a major winner as Woods, but Taylormade r11 irons he's certainly going to dominate the next few years.