Rory McIlroy's sensational year sees him break incredible record in world rankings
We all know that Rory McIlroy has had one of the best years of his career, with four wins and finishing top of the FedEx Cup standings for the second time making it a memorable 2019.
At the end of the PGA Tour season he was named Player of the Year for the third time and he could yet finish on top of the European Tour's Order of Merit as well, the Race to Dubai.
However, one record he is guaranteed to hold, regardless of how he performs at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, was achieved earlier this week.
And not only does it reflect his sensational form this season, it reflects a glittering career that has seen him rack up 27 professional wins, including four Majors and three World Golf Championships.
So what is this incredible record that has him ahead of every other player on the planet?
Due to his prolonged success, by finishing in second in the world rankings this week at the age of 30 years and 193 days, McIlroy has achieved the milestone of being the youngest player to ever spend 500 weeks inside the top-10 in the world rankings.
Yes, even younger than legend Tiger Woods, who needed an extra four months to achieve 500 weeks inside the top-10.
Stat of the week:— Nosferatu (@VC606) November 11, 2019
This week, 30.5 yo @McIlroyRory becomes the youngest player ever to spend 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the world ‼️
Tiger needed ~4 months longer to reach this remarkable #OWGR milestone.
NONE of the known younger stars could possibly break this record‼️
McIlroy first broke into the top-10 at the age of just 20-years-old after finishing third at the Dubai World Championship in 2009, just four years after turning professional.
Since then he has spent 95 weeks at World No.1 and currently sits at No.2 behind Brooks Koepka, who is already guaranteed to finish the year at top spot.
But just how incredible this achievement is can only be reflected in the fact that it is highly unlikely this record will ever be broken, let alone any time soon.
For a player to break McIlroy's record they would have to break into the world's top-10 before their 21st birthday, which is an amazing feat in itself, and then stay there for the next 500 consecutive weeks!
Just to show what an enormous (almost impossible) task would be for someone to break @McIlroyRory's record...— Nosferatu (@VC606) November 11, 2019
If you just turned 21 (e.g. J. Niemann) and somehow you just cracked the top 10 #OWGR, it would be impossible for you to break Rory's record! 😳https://t.co/Lpku3IWFFZ
That means the likes of recent PGA Tour winners Joaquin Niemann, who has just turned 21, and Matthew Wolff, still 20 but 108th in the world rankings, are already out of the running.
So if someone is to break McIlroy's record, it's likely someone who hasn't even turned professional yet - which is amazing to consider!
And don't forget, the season isn't even over yet. With a good finish in Dubai, McIlroy could be gunning for that No.1 spot again come the start of 2020...
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