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McIlroy ends season in style with DP World Tour Championship win

Published on Nov 25, 2012 10:32 PM
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai on Nov 25, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (AFP) - Rory McIlroy responded in magnificent fashion to Justin Rose's course record round of 10-under 62 by making five birdies in his last five holes to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday.

At the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, world No. 1 McIlroy fell two shots behind world No. 7 Rose with a bogey on the 13th hole, but regrouped to finish at 23-under 265 following his final round of six-under 66.

Rose had started the day six shots behind overnight leaders McIlroy and world No. 2 Luke Donald, but his bogey-free round helped him set the clubhouse target at 21-under 267.

McIlroy had already wrapped up the Race to Dubai European money list crown by taking an unassailable lead coming into the tournament. He also topped the money list on the United States PGA Tour, only the second player to do so after Donald last year.

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