In a world where so much attention is heaped upon the true thoroughbreds of the sport (it’s all that’s been talked about for a month!), it’s very easy to remember that not even all superstars are created equal. Because he was so good at such a young age and for such a long time, Rory McIlroy’s achievements have become normalized, as if they are no more or no less impressive and important than the other top golfers in the world. However, a slight tweak, an in-control victory and a single stat from the Wells Fargo Championship were a reminder over the weekend that even in a game that is beginning to disproportionately reward exclusivity, one player stands alone historically.

When 2020 started, McIlroy went on a tear before the COVID-19 pandemic turned the sports world on its head. Nobody who played at least 10…

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