Rory McIlroy No. 45 on AskMen's Top 49 Influential Men List

PGA Grand Slam of Golf - Previews Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has his swing filmed by Ian Baker-Finch during the pro-am event prior to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course on October 17, 2011 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Getty Images)more pics » Rory McIlroy (Getty Images) Tiger who? 2011 saw golf get a new face in that of 22-year-old Rory McIllroy. The boy from Northern Ireland put on one of the most memorable and record-breaking rounds of golf in sports history at this year's U.S. Open. McIllroy became the "youngest player to win the U.S. Open in 88 years and set 12 Open records along the way."

Is McIlroy golf's new savior? That's yet to be determined, but one thing's for sure: The gold world can use more people like Mr. McIlroy; his humility and grace in the game are something to be admired, especially for someone so young.

AskMen's 2011 list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men show was based on more than 200,000 reader votes, as well as intense deliberation among the website's editorial staff.  This year's list brings together a diverse range of individuals from all walks of life. Whether it's a tech visionary, celebrity, or road cyclists,  each of these men helped define 2011. 

See more Rory McIlroy photos:
  • Rory McIlroy in PGA Grand Slam of Golf - Day Two
  • Rory McIlroy in PGA Grand Slam of Golf - Day One
  • Rory McIlroy in PGA Grand Slam of Golf - Previews
  • Rory McIlroy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day Four
  • Rory McIlroy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day Three
  • Rory McIlroy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day Two
  • Rory McIlroy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day One
  • Rory McIlroy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Practice Round
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