Rory McIlroy's Rise to the Top

With his win at the Honda Classic on March 4, 2012. Rory McIlroy ascended to the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Rankings. Achieving a dream and goal he set for himself as a young man, back in Northern Ireland.

However, it was more than just the one victory at the Honda Classic that has had McIlroy at the top of every one's list; as quite possibly, the best in the game as of right now.

Since injuring himself at the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club last August. McIlroy has been on a global tear, racking up top finishes around the world.

In his last 13 world-wide starts, he has finishes of: 3rd, T4, T4, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, Win, 11th, 2nd, 5th, 2nd and 3rd.

An average finish of 3.61.

Not bad for a 22-year old, seemingly at the top of his game and sport, at such a young age.

Through the first three events on the PGA Tour; and two events on the European Tour. McIlroy is currently sitting atop the FedEx Cup rankings, as well as the Race to Dubai rankings.

Not only is he on top of both Tour's points lists. He is also leading both Tour's money list so far this season.

Already earning $2,392,000 on the PGA Tour. And adding €1,324,366 on the European Tour.

Doing the exchange rate to U.S. currency, McIlroy has earned $4,132,970 in his five events so far in 2012, across both Tour's.

Not a bad wage, for a young man who will turn 23-years old on April 5, 2012. Which just so happens to fall on the opening round of The Masters.

The event in which McIlory had well in hand, until the back-nine on Sunday afternoon last season.

Could this year's Masters be a birthday redemption for young McIlroy?

No one knows.

Redemption or not come April at Augusta. McIlroy is certainly enjoying his view, from atop the golfing world.

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