A new year breathes new life into Rory McIlroy's hopes to achieve glory in the four golfing majors coming up over the next 12 months.

McIlroy will have no doubt welcomed the turn of the new year as 2013 was, without doubt, the most problematic 12 months of his professional career to date.

Adapting to a new set of clubs, bitterly falling out with his management team Horizon and notching just the one tour win coming in December caused a few raised eyebrows to his fans worldwide.

There was more trouble too as his participation in the Olympics was put in doubt over uncertainty as to whether he would represent Ireland or the Team GB team.

However, snatching victory away from Adam Scott in the Australian Open with a dramatic late charge put a smile back onto the Northern Irishman's face and propelled him back up to number six in the world.

That seems to have put to bed any last remaining worries that McIlroy is failing to cope with his new Nike golf clubs.

The ongoing court case between McIlroy and his management team Horizon is likely to continue to rumble in the background as the court date is not until October later in the year.

Although, an out of court settlement is possible between the two sides and it will be a huge boost to Mcllroy that this should not be too public until at least all four majors have been played.

With one tour win to his name in December it was perhaps a year to quickly move on from but the positive must be that any recent victory shows great form. 

The title was very impressive too as many consider the Australian Open as the 'fifth major' in the golfing calendar and beating Adam Scott to the title is a reminder as what he is capable of achieving.

Further weight seems to have fallen from Mcllroy's shoulders too as the Royal Ancient Golf Club has stepped in to relieve the burden of choosing between Northern Ireland and Ireland for the Olympics.

This means that it now looks inevitable that McIlroy will represent Ireland in Brazil during the Olympics in 2016.

Also, he has recently announced that he and his Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki have got engaged during their new years celebrations.

There's no question that the start of 2013 was turbulent for Mcllroy but the start of 2014 has been infinitely better personally and professionally.

At least one major win is on the cards in 2014 for Rory.

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