Posted November 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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-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 C...
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