Will he play for Great Britain or Northern Ireland in the 2016 Olympic Games? For whom should he play? People kept asking Rory McIlroy questions about his future Olympic representation when golf returns to the Games in Rio. McIlroy didn't (and still doesn't) want to pick a side and the questions persist. (Getty Images)
9. Misses FedEx Cup finale
After winning two playoff events in 2012 and nearly winning the FedEx Cup, Rory McIlroy didn't qualify for the Tour Championship in 2013. He finished 50th in the final standings. (Getty Images)
8. Misses cut at Open Championship
After a pair of disappointing finishes in the season's first two majors, Rory McIlroy shot 79-75 (12 over par) to miss the cut by four shot at Muirfield. (Getty Images)
7. Legal woes
Rory McIlroy had plenty of off-course distractions in 2013 and none more taxing than those of the legal variety. Former sponsor Oakley is suing him for breach of contract and he dealt with legal issues involving his former management company (former agent Conor Ridge pictured), which was settled in November. “I’ve seen more lawyers' offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life," McIlroy said.
6. World rankings drop
Rory McIlroy began the year ranked No. 1 in the world. Then he dropped to No. 2, behind Tiger Woods, in March. And then he fell to No. 3, and then 4, and then 5, and then 6, where he will start in 2014. (Getty Images)
5. Wozniacki rumors
Rory McIlroy's private life has been very public since he began dating former tennis No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Rumors of their demise circulated throughout the year and proved a constant distraction - on the course and on social media. Gary Player even commented on the relationship, saying McIlroy needed to "find the right wife." (Getty Images)
4. Ends drought with win at Australian Open
Rory McIlroy rallied to win the Australian Open for his first victory of 2013, his first title since the 2012 European Tour finale in Dubai. It marked his 11th official professional win, worldwide.
3. Honda Classic withdrawal
Through eight holes of the second round in the Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy decided he had enough. But he couldn't decide what his excuse was. Seven over for the day, McIlroy walked off the course, telling reporters, "I'm just in a bad place mentally." He later blamed a sore wisdom tooth, in a news release. McIlroy apologized, but the stigma remains.
2. Switch to Nike
The presentation was grand - holograms and a bunch of lights and loud noises. But many wondered: Would switching clubs harm Rory McIlroy's game? The detractors grew as McIlroy struggled in 2013. Rory tested drivers throughout the season and briefly reverted to his Scotty Cameron putter, before putting the Nike Method back in his bag. Despite Rory insisting his poor play was his fault, some kept blaming the arrow, not the archer.
1. No PGA or European tour wins
After earning Player of the Year honors on both sides of the Atlantic in 2012, capturing a major title and winning three times on the PGA Tour and once on the European Tour, Rory McIlroy was shutout in 2013 (though, he did win the Australian Open). He finished the year with one top-five finish on both the PGA and European tours.