Published Tuesday, 04 December 2012
Rory McIlroy and his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki with his latest trophies (© Getty)
The 23-year-old has become the youngest player to earn the Jack Nicklaus Award since Tiger Woods in 1997.
"On behalf of the PGA Tour, my congratulations to Rory and John for their outstanding accomplishments this season," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.
"These awards are significant to these players as they are bestowed upon them by their peers, one of highest compliments a player can receive."
Acknowledging the honour, the Holywood man credited his tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in being a "great influence" on him.
"Seeing how hard she works and how hard she practises and how dedicated she is, it definitely flipped a switch with me that I could be a little more like that," said the world number one.
It's very rewarding, and I guess it's just a great way to end what has been a great year and my best season so far.
"I've always felt like I've been dedicated to the game and I've practised hard and I've worked at it.
"But I guess over the past 18 months, especially after winning the US Open, I sort of felt like I went to the next stage of my career."
He continued: "I feel like my personality away from the golf course hasn't changed, but definitely when I get to the golf course I'm maybe a little more professional, a little more business-like.
"I guess that's just the way you have to be to be successful and to try and win as many tournaments as you can. It's definitely helped and obviously helped me to win more tournaments."
On winning the vote among his fellow players McIlroy added: "It's an honour and I'm delighted.
"It's always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you're trying to beat week-in, week-out."
Twenty-two year-old American John Huh was named rookie of the year.
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