McIlroy visits PGA HQ to receive Vardon Trophy, Player of Year Award

Julius Mason, Rory McIlroy and Ted Bishop
Kat Griggs, The PGA of America
On a stage filled with his many awards from the 2012 season, Rory McIlroy (center) participated in a Q&A session with PGA President Ted Bishop (right) and PGA Senior Director Julius Mason.
By
Randy Stutzman
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 | 6:16 p.m.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy joined PGA of America leadership and staff members at their headquarters on Monday to accept both the 2012 Vardon Trophy and the PGA Player of the Year Award. The 23-year-old world No. 1 also fielded questions about his success in 2012 as well, giving a glimpse of his life off the golf course.

"It was a huge honor to win both of these awards in 2012 and it really showed what a great year I had," said McIlroy. "Hopefully I'm able to replicate that a few more times in my career."

McIlroy, who was also a member of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team and helped lead them to a stunning comeback victory at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, talked about the passion he has for this team format competition.

"The Ryder Cup is a truly great event, and so special that you get to compete in it as a team, not just as an individual," said McIlroy.

"I am looking forward to the Ryder Cup in 2014, especially after last year and Europe coming back to win the way they did," he added. "I think it'll add that little extra to the next Ryder Cup, especially with Tom Watson coming back and being the U.S. Captain."