December 2 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Rory McIlroy's victory Sunday in the Emirates Australian Open helped him avoid joining a small group of players connected by a dubious distinction. Only two men -- Greg Norman (1991) and Tiger Woods (2010) -- have gone winless in a year they started as the world's top-ranked player (the Official World Golf Ranking began in April 1986). The Australian Open was McIlroy's second-to-last start of the season; he also is playing this week's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The Australian Open also was McIlroy's first win since the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship in November 2012. He won five times worldwide in 2012, including the PGA Championship and two FedExCup Playoffs events (Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship) to end the year at No. 1 in the world. The Australian Open also was McIlroy's third consecutive finish of sixth or better.
McIlroy remained sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking with the victory.