It looks like golfers don’t have to be too worried about losing the number one ambassador of our sport, Tiger Woods, to retirement. Rory McIlroy has become enough of a household name to be listed as one of Forbes 30 under 30 most influential young European entertainers. Apparently, the 26-year old from Northern Ireland with four majors under his belt is being honored for greatly increasing an international following for Northern Ireland golf.
It is no small feat to make it onto a list featuring 300 young innovators and entrepreneurs across the arts, sports, industry and technology, all of whom were extensively vetted by the likes of Kelly Osbourne, athlete and philanthropist Dame Kelly Holmes and PR mogul Alan Edwards. According to Randall Lane, Forbes’ editor, “Researching, vetting and launching our first ever 30 Under 30 Europe List was an incredible task. We scoured the continent to find the most talented millennials and, with the help of our expert judges, are proud to honor 300 of the most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars in Europe right now.”
Enough validation from the bigwigs like this and golf could start to become a mainstream thing. Perhaps in several years time, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth will be competing to host the Golden Globes as well as be the World’s No. 1 golfer.