Rory McIlroy has taken the Golf Writers’ Trophy for 2012 ahead of Europe’s triumphant Ryder Cup team.
The 23-year-old Irishman became the sport’s undisputed world number one during a season which saw him win the USPGA Championship — his second major — by a runaway eight-shot margin.
He also won four other tournaments and emulated Luke Donald by topping the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Ryder Cup side he was part of came second in the voting, followed by Europe’s star man, Ian Poulter, 53-year-old Roger Chapman and the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team.
Chapman enjoyed a fairytale season when he won the Senior PGA Championship and the US Senior Open, a double only previously achieved by Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin.
However the plaudits went to McIlroy who was also named last week as the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year.
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