A 22-year old kid from Northern Ireland is officially on top of the golf world. We don’t want to brag or anything, but we told you this day was coming nearly a year ago when Rory McIlroy dominated at Quail Hollow. While many will argue it is too early to call him the next Tiger Woods, McIlroy is on his way to becoming just that. He has the skill of Woods with youth on his side. More importantly, he has the benefit of being able to learn from Tiger’s mistakes.
As a personality, McIlroy is refreshing for the sport of golf. In a sport where you would be reprimanded for clapping too loudly, along came a kid who tweets pictures of himself pounding booze and isn’t afraid to treat the U.S. Open trophy like it’s the Stanley Cup. There are a couple reasons no one has a problem with McIlroy’s wild side: he’s 22 years old and probably the most skilled golfer on the planet — it’s harmless fun. Also, if you saw Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, the thought of him cheating on her probably wouldn’t cross your mind either.
On Wednesday, McIlroy involuntarily shed some light upon the demise of Tiger Woods. The 22-year-old spoke with Yahoo! Sports about his recent success and the importance of maintaining a certain arrogance in order to remain successful.