Rory McIlroy the most popular player of 2023



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Rory McIlroy the most popular player of 2023
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Although the official announcement is still awaited, it seems that the most loved and influential player on the 2023 PGA Tour is Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, currently world number 2, will receive a prize of 15 million dollars, after completing a successful year, culminating in the victory of the European Championship at the Ryder Cup in Rome.

Although he did not reach the top of the podium this time, Tiger Woods' performance, in light of the races held this year, would constitute a winning result.

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The Californian, already winner of the "Player Impact Program" in 2021 and 2022, this time achieved second place in this particular PGA Tour ranking, which rewards golfers for their ability to involve fans and promote the discipline beyond of their performances on the pitch.

“The Big Cat,” who has played just two games this year, will gross $12 million. Behind him, in third place, the Spaniard Jon Rahm (9,000,000), followed closely by the Arab Super League, which has set its sights on him as its main transfer target.

Rory McIlroy, born May 4, 1989 in Holywood (Northern Ireland), is a Northern Irish professional golfer. Young, he quickly stood out for his talents in golf, first as an amateur where he won the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004, played in the Walker Cup in 2007, represented Ireland at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2006 and won five tournaments including the European Amateur Championship in 2006 (as well as the European Amateur Team Championship in 2007), he turned professional in September 2007 at the age of 18.

He won his first victory on the European PGA Tour at the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2009, then his first victory on the American circuit the following year at the Quail Hollow Championship. After two third places in major tournaments, in 2009 at the PGA Championship and in 2010 at the Masters, he won his first grand slam title during the 2011 edition of the American Open.

Rory McIlroy became 1st in the world rankings for the first time on March 4, 2012 at the age of 22, 43 days after winning the Honda Classic, a PGA Tour tournament in Palm Beach Gardens. On August 12, 2012, he became the first Northern Irishman in history to win the PGA Championship. He is also the first Briton to win this victory since Tommy Armor in 1930.

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