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Was 2019 Rory McIlroy's best ever season?

2019-08-28 13:44
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy (Supplied)

Cape Town - Rory McIlroy completed a consistent season with a victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday, capping off one of his best seasons ever.

In fact, there is an argument to be made that the 2018/2019 PGA Tour season actually is his best season. Of course, it depends on the metric you use, but McIlroy is at the top of many this season.

Overall, the Northern Irishman finished in the Top 10 no less than 14 times in his 19 starts for the year. Combine that with his three victories, one of which was the season-long FedEx Cup whose $15 million prize was the largest ever in golf's history, and it's a superlative season.

The statistics on the PGA Tour support this, as McIlroy finished top of the Tour in scoring average, strokes gained and Top 10 finishes and was second to Cameron Champ for average driving distance by four yards.

One sterling stat is the strokes gained per round - 2.55 - meaning that on average, McIlroy was two and half shots better per round than the field. The only man with a higher number than that in history is Tiger Woods.

But he knows that...

"The Holy Grail is three," quipped Mcilroy on pgatour.com.

"I'm not going to stop until I get to three because Tiger has done that multiple seasons, and when you get to three strokes gained, you're just in another league. That's what I strive towards."

McIlroy also equalled his career lowest round with a sizzling 61 to win the Canadian Open that could have easily been a 59.

While it was a major-less year for the McIlroy - with best finishes of T8 at the PGA and T9 at the US Open - he did become just the second man from the UK to win the Players Championship, often dubbed by players and pundits as the 'fifth major'.

- TeamTalk

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