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Rory McIlroy fantastic year continues with PGA Player of the Year award

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Rory McIlroy's fantastic year has continued after he was awarded the PGA Player of the Year for the second time.

2014 has been the best year of the Northern Irishman's career to-date, winning two majors and being part of the Ryder Cup team that beat America 16.5-11.5 at Gleneagles, last weekend.

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Deserved

The 25-year-old also won three consecutive tournaments, starting with his first Open title at Holylake in July.

This was followed by the WGC-Bridgstone Invitational before clinching success at the US PGA - his second victory at Valhalla.

The award was voted for by his fellow professionals, including: Billy Horschel, Martin Kaymar, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Fellow Ryder Cup hero, Victor Dubuisson, 24, narrowly missed out on the Rookie of the Year award - that being won by Puerto Rico Open winner, Chesson Hadley.

PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem told reporters: "My congratulations to Rory and Chesson for their outstanding accomplishments that earned them season-ending honours from their peers.

"Both players earned their awards with their consistent and steady play throughout the season."

Record breaker

World number one, McIlroy, won the Jack Nicklaus Award for the first time in 2012 when he was just 23-years-old, and this year he set a tour record of 12 top-10 finishes and did not finish outside the top 25 in all 17 of his starts.

He also won two other awards, winning the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour's leading official money winner (£5,107,526.28) and the Bryon Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.83).

McIlroy is now taking part in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with father Gerry this week, in his first tournament since Europe's Ryder Cup success.

Stitched up

It has been revealed that in the celebrations after the Ryder Cup success, the Holywood man was pranked by the US team who were getting revenge on him for the Europeans' success.

He was invited for a drink with his rivals - then told to get lost.

He told reporters: "I had a text from Keegan Bradley inviting me to the US room. So I went and there's two guards at the door.

"One said: 'I'm not sure they're letting anyone in' but that he would check.

"So I'm standing there for five minutes and the whole thing felt strange.

"When he came back he said the same - they weren't letting anyone in.

"He told me: 'Patrick Reed said...' and before he finished I just said: 'Oh yeah, Patrick Reed!'"

It's good to see that despite the American's loss, there was still good, friendly banter flying around between the two camps.

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PGA Championships
Golf
Ryder Cup
Rory McIlroy
US Open Golf
PGA Tour

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