Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 18th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 7, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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-ending tournament. Rose, who was tied for seventh after three rounds, surged down the stretch into contention after shooting a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies. ''I just wanted to finish the season the way I thought I deserved to finish the season,'' McIlroy said after holing a birdie on 18 and raising his arms in the air in celebration. ''You know, I played so well throughout the year and I didn't want to just let it tail off sort of timidly. I wanted to come here and finish in style.'' Second-ranked Luke Donald (71) was tied for third with Charl Schwartzel (68) of South Africa...
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