McIlroy named AGW Golfer Of The Year again

The 2104 awards are starting to stack up for world number one, Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy’s latest accolade is the Association of Golf Writers (AGW) award for ‘Golfer of The Year’, which McIlroy has claimed for the second time in three years.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Members of the AGW were asked to list their top three choices with McIlroy an overwhelming vote among the golf writers.

The 25-year-old capped his season with a maiden Open Championship victory, a second PGA Championship title, winning the European Tour’s flagship event for a first time at Wentworth and being a member of a third straight European Ryder Cup team.

McIlroy said: “First of all I’d like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Association of Golf Writers who have felt me worthy to receive this honour, I really do appreciate it.”

“To win it for the first time in 2012 felt like a great achievement but to win again in 2014 is testimony to what has been a truly fabulous year for me.”

The Golf Writers Trophy was first awarded in 1951 and is presented to the European golfer or team who has made the most outstanding contribution to the sport during the year.

Previous two-times winners include Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Tony Jacklin, Sandy Lyle, Bernhard Langer and Annika Sorenstam. The only players to win it three times are Seve Ballesteros and Lee Westwood.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer finished runner-up following his wins in the US Open and Players Championship while he also played on Paul McGinley’s victorious Gleneagles side.