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Macilroy claims the Race to Dubai

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Reported by Matthew Thomas

Rory Macilroy won the World Tour Championship at the Jumeriah Golf Estate to complete the season as Europe’s best golfer.

The Irishman who was trailing England’s Andy Sullivan going into Sunday’s final round produced a superb six-under-par to clinch the title. Despite finding the water on the 17th in front of a huge crowd MacIlroy regained his composure and produced a mammoth putt to escape the hole with only a bogey. He finished with a round of 66, 21 under par for the weekend and just a single shot ahead of his rivals.

Considering Macilroy missed a large chunk of the season with an ankle injury, overhauling Danny Willet who finished second in the overall rankings, is testament to his return to form in recent weeks. The four-time major winner carded 8 birdies in a fantastic final round which had the packed crowds in Dubai’s premier golf resort in raptures.

In one of the most lucrative golf tournaments anywhere in the world Macilroy pockets a huge 4.58million Dirham bonus on top of his tour earnings this year. MacIlroy’s attentions will now turn to 2016 and renewing his rivalry with US sensation Jordan Spieth. The famous Augusta course in Georgia will play host to the Masters in April where the American will be looking to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2001-02 to retain the title in successive years.

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