Rory McIlroy claims Race to Dubai with victory in World Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy shot a final round 66 to win the World Tour Championship in Dubai, coming out on top of a head-to-head battle with Andy Sullivan.
McIroy ended with a 21-under aggregate score of 267, having begun the day on 15 under, a shot adrift of England’s overnight leader Sullivan.
Sullivan started well but was soon struggling from tee to green, though he scrambled superbly to stay in the hunt, even chipping in for par on the ninth.
But McIlroy’s four birdies on the back nine were enough for him to make it home safely.
“I didn’t think he was going to miss! He kept holing putt after putt,” said McIlroy of Sullivan’s efforts.
“It’s the best way to finish 2015 and I can’t wait for next year.”
McIlroy’s key moment came on the 14th with a superb chip over a bunker to set up a birdie, which he followed up with another on the next hole.
He wobbled badly with a tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th, but saved a bogey with a 25ft putt – a stunning recovery from the world number three.
It had all started to well for McIlroy’s playing partner Sullivan, who stretched his one stroke advantage early on as he birdied two of the first four holes.
McIlroy carded a bogey and a birdie over the same stretch, and the 28-year-old world number 53 led by three strokes.
McIlroy responded with three successive birdies on holes five to seven, closing to within a stroke at the turn before turning up the head on the back nine.
South Africa’s Branden Grace (67) was third on 273, while compatriot Charl Schwartzel (69) was one of six players tied on 275.
McIlroy’s 12th tour title means the 26-year-old Northern Irishman also retained the Race to Dubai, formerly known as the Order of Merit and given to Europe’s top money earner. He was also victorious in 2012 and 2014.

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