The man sitting in front of the microphone was despondent.
Two majors. A broken engagement. A lawsuit. A return to No. 1.
Rory McIlroy has already been named by many news outlets as the golfer of the year for 2014. No doubt many more will follow suit.
(Editor's note: This is part of a series in which GolfChannel.com staff reveal their favorite or personal moments of 2014.)