Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rory McIlroy wins  November's European 

Tour golfer of month award

Rory McIlroy’s victory in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – which helped secure a third Race to Dubai crown in four years – has earned the Northern Irishman the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Month award for November.
McIlroy’s affinity for Dubai, and in particular the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, was once again in evidence as he edged a thrilling final round duel with Andy Sullivan to claim the European Tour’s season finale for the second time, following his victory in 2012, and with it the Harry Vardon Trophy. 
The World No 3 entered the last day with a one stroke deficit behind Sullivan, but ultimately held off the Englishman’s challenge, courtesy of a closing round of 66 which included a “career-best” bogey at the par three 17th hole where, after his tee shot had found the greenside lake, McIlroy maintained his lead in dramatic fashion by holing a putt from 30 feet.   
With his win, McIlroy, who has now finished outside the top five just once in seven appearances in the DP World Tour Championship, became the seventh player to be crowned Europe’s No 1 in back-to-back years, and the fifth – after Colin Montgomerie (eight), Seve Ballesteros (six), Peter Oosterhuis and Sandy Lyle (both three) – to win the money list three or more times.



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