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Rory McIlroy wins back to back majors - another of 2014's best moments

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This time last year, Rory McIlroy had just given all British golfing fans hope again, winning his first title (Australian Open) of what was a pretty shocking year for the man who had been so impressive during his first few seasons on the PGA Tour. 

McIlroy vowed to take that winning form into 2014 and come back stronger. The Northern Irish star said in an interview at the start of this year: "I won a major in 2011 and 2012 but not in 2013 so I'll try to make up for that with two this year."

And, fantastically, he stuck to his word, securing victory in both the British Open and the U.S PGA Championship - which supplied us with the 11th best sporting moment of the year at GiveMeSport.

THE WONDER-KID RETURNED TO LAND THE OPEN

McIlroy played fantastic golf and led from the off in The Open , moving into a commanding six-shot lead going into the final day of action.

The whole of Britain were relying on him to hold out and land the Grand Slam the fans craving so badly and as the day went on, it seemed as though the dreams may crumble away.

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Both Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler began to close in on McIlroy but, when the pressure was really on, the star responded. 

McIlroy nailed two important birdies on the back nine, before superbly driving his way to a round of one under par, which meant he walked off the 18th green as champion, winning by two shots. 

And the 25-year-old was the first person to lead throughout the whole tournament and win, since the legendary Tiger Woods did so back in 2005 - a coincidence? Maybe not. 

HIS WORD CONFIRMED: U.S PGA SUCCESS FOLLOWED

Just one month later, major success was on the horizon again, as McIlroy proved it was not a one-off, the Northern Irish star was at the top of golf to stay. 

He kept his nerve and won the U.S PGA Championship in style, to become the first golfer to land back-to-back major titles for six years. 

He led by one shot going into the final day, and finished in exactly the same position, with 2005 winner Phil Mickelson back in second. 

That does not begin to tell the story of what was one of golf's most dramatic days of action in this era though, as he had to come from behind Mickelson, Fowler and Henrik Stenson, who had all moved above him at different points throughout the day. 

Yet again, he did so in immaculate fashion, ending the final day on 68 after a fantastic back nine, finishing with a total tournament score of 16 shots under par. 

2014: A YEAR TO REMEMBER

As well as the two major successes, McIlroy was also victorious in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as well as being a key figure in Europe's Ryder Cup winning team. 

Despite predicting double major success, McIlroy golfer was overwhelmed when looking back at what a successful summer he had. 

"I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like this," he said after landing the U.S PGA Championship.

To cap a fantastic year, McIlroy was awarded European Tour Golfer of the Year earlier this week, after somewhat controversially missing out on BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night. 

He was 1/14 favourite in places to land the award, however it was Lewis Hamilton who was named the winner, leaving McIlroy in a more than respectable second place.

GMS 2014 moments so far...

12. Atletico Madrid shock rivals to win La Liga
13. Liverpool throw away the Premier League title
14. Liverpool's sensational victories
15. David Moyes sacked by Manchester United
16. LeBron James confirms sensational Cleveland Cavaliers return
17. Seattle Seahawks blow out Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
18. Jo Pavey wins European gold
19. Robin van Persie's remarkable header against Spain
20. Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams
21. Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot with this moment
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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