RORY McIlroy has been named as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America on Wednesday evening.
McIlroy received 190 out of the 194 votes cast by GWAA members.
Three votes went to FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, and the other went to Tiger Woods. McIlroy previously won player of the year awards from the US PGA Tour, European Tour, PGA of America and British-based Association of Golf Writers.
The GWAA said on Wednesday that Stacy Lewis was voted best female player with 79 percent of the vote, while double major winner Roger Chapman won the senior player award with 60 percent of the vote.
This is the fourth time in the last five years that the GWAA award has gone to a European player.
Rory will spend time at home this Christmas with his mum and dad but it is looking forward to the new season in 2013.
And his ambition is to win the Irish Open at the end of June which is being played in Co Kildare.
“I would love to win the Irish Open, not just once but again and again,” said the World’s Number One golfer.
“I want to follow in the footsteps of the greats like Jack Nicholas, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Padraig Harrington.
“It would be very special for me to win and Irish open in front of my fans.”