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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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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.
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