Fittingly, Rory McIlroy has the number 22 on his golf ball...because 2022 has been a year to remember new World No. 1. With his latest win at the CJ Cup in South Carolina, Rory becomes the top ranked player on the planet for the 9th time in his career. Oh, now, he’s also the only golfer not named Tiger Woods to win their debut event after claiming the FedEx Cup the previous season.

How good has this year been for McIlroy? It’s hard to put it into words. So, let’s just relive his rise to World No. 1 with this series of marquee moments.

Jaw Dropping Long Drive Performance

 Re-Signs With TaylorMade

 Shot Shaping in Canada

 Canadian Open Power and Touch

Open Championship Hole Out

 Big Drives at the Tour Championship

 Winning Ways

Rory defended his title at the CJ Cup, surprisingly it was the first successful title defense in his professional career. Here's a quick rundown of Rory's wins from the last 12 months.

  • The CJ Cup @ Summit (-25)
  • RBC Canadian Open (-19)
  • Tour Championship (-21)
  • The CJ Cup in South Carolina (-17)