McIlroy wins DP World Tour Champs

Last updated 01:53 26/11/2012

Relevant offers

Golf

Kiwi Danny Lee falls back at PGA Tour event in Texas despite another late surge Lydia Ko still No 1 as Shanshan Feng wins LPGA Volvik Championship Kiwi pro Michael Hendry qualifies for The Open with runnerup finish in Japan Danny Lee stays in contention for PGA win in Texas Taranaki golfer wins New Zealand long drive championships at Clearwater Danny Lee in tie for lead on PGA Tour after superb second round in Texas Spanish golfer Jon Rahm puts on a show at Colonial Honest Ernie Els overrules his own eagle, penalises himself two strokes Golfers going the distance in search of World Long Drive Championships spot Lydia Ko plays the tourist while No 1 ranking goes on the line

World number one Rory McIlroy picked up US$2.33 million worth of desert treasure after repelling a record-breaking charge from Ryder Cup team mate Justin Rose to win the DP World Tour Championship.

Rose almost spiked the guns of the Northern Irishman, who shared the overnight lead with Luke Donald, when he carved two shots off the previous Earth course record with a breathtaking 10-under final round of 62 containing eight birdies and an eagle.

The Englishman set his target early but McIlroy showed nerves of steel as he reeled off five birdies in a row from the 14th to clinch victory by two strokes with a closing 66 and a 23-under tally of 265.''I needed to do something special,'' McIlroy said in an on-course interview.

''I could not have wished for the season to finish any better.''

Donald (71) was tied third on 270 with South African Charl Schwartzel (68) in the last event of the European Tour season.McIlroy collected US$1.33 million for landing the trophy and an additional US$1 million from the tour's bonus prize pool.

The billboards in the city called the tournament 'The Greatest Show On Earth' and the world's best golfers did their best to live up to the billing with a red-hot exhibition of low-scoring on another sun-kissed day in the Emirate.

Dutchman Joost Luiten and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher recorded hole-in-ones while Spain's Sergio Garcia shot his second 64 of the week to finish high up the leaderboard on 274.The highly-anticipated duel between McIlroy and Donald never materialised as the world number two failed to keep up the inspired form that had seen him go 102 holes in the tournament, this year and last, without a bogey.

The Englishman's remarkable scoring sequence ended when he dropped a stroke at the third and he was never able to mount a sustained final-round challenge.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content