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Rory McIlroy continues to shine

Updated: September 1, 2012, 8:34 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

NORTON, Mass. -- There have been three phases to Rory McIlroy's 2012 season. In the first portion, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the Honda Classic in March and got to No. 1 in the world. Reaching that milestone started a victory lap that took a detour with a tie for 40th at the Masters.

Then, in the second phase, he missed four out of five cuts, including one at the U.S. Open, where he was the defending champion. His tie for 60th at the Open Championship was another glaring symbol ...

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