DP World Tour: Rory McIlroy, the current world No. 1, says he is “as complete a golfer as ever” after concluding his outstanding 2022 season atop the DP World Tour rankings for a fourth consecutive year.
Following his fourth-place performance at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where Jon Rahm won by two shots, McIlroy ended the year as the European No. 1 for the first time since 2015.
McIlroy is the first golfer to win both the FedExCup and the Harry Vardon Trophy in the same year since . The Northern Irishman has finished no worse than 12th in all 10 of his DP World Tour appearances this season, including top-eight finishes in each of the four majors.
Being the top player in Europe means a lot, according to McIlroy. “Seven years have passed since I last performed it. This is obviously my fourth, but it has been a while. Since my previous victory, which occurred during The Race to Dubai, I have won three FedExCups.
“I showed consistency throughout the entire year. many top results a season with excellent performances that were remarkably consistent.
“It would have been nice to pick up one victory at this final tournament of the year, but Jon [Rahm] clearly put in an outstanding performance and is fully deserving of it. I’m really happy with my year and am looking forward to 2023.”
After struggling with form and consistency early in the year, McIlroy has been back to his reliable best in recent months on both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, earning top-eight finishes in 13 of his last 16 international appearances.
McIlroy stated, “I don’t feel like I have to rely on one area of my game. I think that’s one of the things I’ve really been proud of over the last few years.” “I believe that my putter saves me if my driving falters.
“My iron play saves me if my putter isn’t there. I think that once you reach this point, you start to wonder, “Okay, how can you make those small tweaks to get better?” My aim has probably just been to develop into a more all-around golfer, and I believe I’m on the right track.
“I feel like I’ve never been a more complete golfer, and I hope I can keep going in that direction.”