If Rory McIlroy eventually goes on to dominate world golf he will surely see 2013 as a pivotal year in his career.
This year has seen a dramatic downturn in McIlroy’s performances on the course and a few disasters off the course - or more precisely in upcoming court room battles.
On the golf course the Holywood man has slid down the rankings from No.1 to No. 6 in the world due to missed cuts and poor form which also included a mid-tournament walk-off.
At the Open Championship in July the star claimed to be ‘brain dead’ and since then there have been few glimpses of his previous brilliance.
In 2011, McIlroy changed management companies from International Sports Management to the Horizon Group and now they too have been ditched.
But money, I am sure, is not what is currently worrying the player or his many fans but rather getting back to something like his previous best.
He only has to look at the dreadful spell Tiger Woods had to know that he can come back to his best and like many others I really do hope that is sooner rather than later.