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McIlroy named US PGA Tour Player of Year

Published on Dec 5, 2012 6:05 AM
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy after winning the DP World Tour golf Championship in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on November 25, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AFP) - Rory McIlroy, whose four United States PGA Tour victories in 2012 included a major title at the PGA Championship, was named the US tour's Player of the Year on Tuesday.

US tour members vote on the award, which made the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland the youngest player to be named Player of the Year since then 21-year-old Tiger Woods in 1997.

McIlroy authored a strong finish to the season, including his eight-shot PGA Championship triumph at Kiawah Island, winning the money title and the Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average.

"It's just a great way to end what has been a great year, my best season so far," McIlroy said.

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