Rory hails 'unbelievable' Dubai win

Published Sunday, 25 November 2012
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Rory McIlroy says he couldn't be happier after he triumphed at the World Tour Championship, clinching his fifth European Tour title with five closing birdies in Dubai on Sunday.

Rory hails 'unbelievable' Dubai win
Rory McIlroy and his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki with his latest trophies (© Getty)

McIlroy had found himself two behind as Justin Rose put the finishing touches to a dazzling course record 62, the lowest round of his European Tour career by two.

But Northern Ireland's world number one, tied for the lead with second-ranked Luke Donald overnight, was not to be denied.

The 23-year-old chipped close on the long 14th, pitched to three feet at the next, made a 20-foot effort on the 16th and went one ahead with a six-foot putt on the short 17th.

Rose did miraculously well to two-putt the par five last for birdie from around 100 feet, but McIlroy matched it to win by two on the Earth Course. He shot 66 for 23 under to end 2012 with a win.

The DP World Tour Championship marks his fifth victory in a year which saw him became world number one.

McIlroy's year also included a second major title - like the first by eight shots - and the same money list double on both sides of the Atlantic achieved by Donald last year.

On Sunday, the Holywood golfer summed up his achievements in 2012 in one word: "Unbelievable".

He said: "I saw Justin make a charge - I heard the cheers - but to finish like that was great.

"I could not have wished for any better. To back up 2011 with another major and to be part of an unbelievable story at the Ryder Cup has made it an incredible year.

"But hopefully I can emulate it or do even better next year!"

By adding the title to his European Tour money list crown McIlroy earned himself a combined £1.46m. The USPGA champion is also rumoured to be closing on a new sponsorship deal with Nike worth a reported £156m over the next 10 years.

After joining in the water on the last Donald shared third place with South African Charl Schwartzel.

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william in coleraine wrote (694 days ago):
sb, you are not the spokesperson for the irish sporting world either!and the ulster flag is flown at inter provincial rugby matches all over the south without any bother, so dont try and spread any of that sectarian nonsense about it, @ryan sb is this what you would tell your children too? dont support rory,hes from down the road but hes a brit so we dont like him!
Michael H in Belfast wrote (694 days ago):
LOl listen to Ryan talking about Geography. The Island of Ireland on any map is part of the BRITISH ISLES. Look it up. As for Rory. Who cares which country he plays for or which religion he is. The fact of the matter is he comes from this wee part of the world and has become a great ambassador for us no matter who you are. Just be thankful and keep politics out of sport.
sean in donegal wrote (694 days ago):
Darren Clarke was on The Late Late show on Friday night past.He was well received by the audience and congratulated on being awarded the MBE.Now Darren rightly said that golf is an All Ireland sport and players north and south represent Ireland at international level as amateurs or pros.But Here I stand to be corrected.Was it not Darren Clarke who said that players from Northern Ireland should be classified as players from N Ireland when their names appear on television and leaderboards.Do the players themselves from Ulster,Six Counties,N Ireland know who they represent.
william in coleraine wrote (694 days ago):
@sb real sportsfans support their local sportsman or team, your obviously bitter that this man has chose to represent the community he comes from, nothing to do with sport obviously, rory mcilroys the greatest golfer in the world at the age of 23, hes a bit too big to be used as a political football do you not think? he isnt a parade or a flag hes a human being that was born and raised 5 miles away from you.
Frosty in Here wrote (695 days ago):
Oh here we go, the man knocks balls into a hole for a living, but his fate is decided by his nationality. There's about 70 million people in the UK, maybe 4 or 5 million in Ireland. Work it out.
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