Posted November 18, 2012 on AP on Fox

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 02: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tee's off at the 13th during the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy faces the goal of needing to capture the European Tour season ending DP World Tour Championship to become golf's leading all-time money earner ever in a single season. Five years ago, former long-time World No. 1 Tiger Woods amassed a record combined PGA and European Tour earnings high of $US 11,557,729. Woods won seven regular Tour events in 2007 including his 17th Major title, the PGA Championship along with two WGC victories while he also competed in two regular European Tour events. McIlroy heads into this week's final Tour tournament already having amassed official combined 2012 European and PGA Tour prize money of $US 9,620,300 from his 22 tournaments on either side of the Atlantic. The 23-year old Northern Irishman will add $1m to that amount as a guarantee for simply teeing up on Thursday in Dubai. That's the top prize from a $3.75m `bonus pool' for Europe's top-10 place getters this year and with McIlroy already assured the ...
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