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Rory McIlroy is right where he belongs -- in a league of his own.
That's the way it has always been.
McIlroy concluded his 2012 season Sunday at Dubai with a victory in the European Tour finale. He is the top-ranked player in the world and the reigning money champion on both the Euro and PGA tours.
I first saw McIlroy play in the 2003 British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool when he was 14. I had heard all the hype, but I have to say I wasn't sure it was justified. McIlroy lost in the first round to unknown Englishman Graham Benson.
However, it soon became clear that McIlroy was a class apart. It was obvious he wasn't like other juniors. For a start, he didn't play many junior events. That was the only British Boys Championship he played in.
Unlike other youngsters, he seemed intent on testing himself against bigger opposition. He was selected for the Great Britain & Ireland Jacques Leglise team on several occasions but didn't play. Geoff Toye, the t...
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Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.
The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to finish at 6-under 66 for a total 23-under 265 at the season...
No, it wasn’t Tiger Woods playing another 18 holes on one leg to win a major. But Rory McIlroy did have a health concern of his own in his most recent tournament, making it the rare instance in golf where a player has to fight through pain to compete in his sport.
McIlroy was reportedly dealing with sunstroke Friday during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship when...
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy closed his season in style as he birdied the final five holes to come from behind and win on Sunday in Dubai and that...
What an end to the European Tour season. Chief executive George O'Grady couldn't have asked for anything better than the world and European No. 1 player Rory McIlroy signing off the season by winning the DP World Tour Championship.
McIlroy fired a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to clear the hard-charging Justin Rose (a 10-under 62 to finish) by two shots.
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Top-ranked Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th to
join Luke Donald at the top of the leaderboard and three shots
clear of the star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai
World Championship on Saturday.
Stephen Gallacher shot a hole-in-one Sunday to find himself on the leaderboard at the Dubai World Championship.
The 103rd ranked Scotsman, tied for 26th after the third round, got off to a blazing start in his bid for a first European Tour win this season with three birdies on his first three holes.
Then, he sank his ace on the par-3, 4th, hitting a five iron 214 yards to the hole...