Business-like Rory reaps rewards
Last updated: 5th December 2012
Rory McIlroy admits being a bit more professional has helped him to be more successful this year.
The 23-year-old was on Tuesday named the US PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning four tournaments, including the PGA Championship by eight shots. He also won the money title, had the lowest adjusted scoring average and became the youngest player to win award since Tiger Woods at age 21 in 1997.
The Ulsterman says he has stepped up his dedication to the sport in the past 18 months and reaped the rewards.
"I've always felt like I've been dedicated to the game and I've practised hard and I've worked at it," he said.
"But I guess over the past 18 months, especially after winning the US Open, I sort of felt like I went to the next stage of my career.
"I feel like my personality away from the golf course hasn't changed, but definitely when I get to the golf course I'm maybe a little more professional, a little more business-like.
"I guess that's just the way you have to be to be successful and to try and win as many tournaments as you can.
"It's definitely helped and obviously helped me to win more tournaments."
He added: "It's an honour and I'm delighted.
"It's always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you're trying to beat week-in, week-out.
"It's very rewarding, and I guess it's just a great way to end what has been a great year and my best season so far."
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