McIlroy repels Rose's record charge to win in Dubai

Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:56am EST
 
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By Tony Jimenez

DUBAI (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy picked up $2.33 million worth of desert treasure after repelling a record-breaking charge from Ryder Cup team mate Justin Rose to win the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.

Rose almost spiked the guns of the Northern Irishman, who shared the overnight lead with Luke Donald, when he carved two shots off the previous Earth course record with a breathtaking 10-under final round of 62 containing eight birdies and an eagle.

The Englishman set his target early but U.S. PGA winner McIlroy finished with the flourish of a true champion, birdying the last five holes to clinch victory by two strokes with a closing 66 and a 23-under tally of 265.

"I just wanted to finish the season the way I think it deserved to be finished," McIlroy told reporters after winning for the fifth time in 2012.

"I didn't want the year to just tail off, I wanted to end it in real style. On the back nine I knew I needed to pull out something special and I somehow summoned up the energy from somewhere to finish with five birdies in the last five holes."

Donald (71) was tied third on 270 with South African Charl Schwartzel (68) in the final event of the European Tour season.

The 23-year-old McIlroy, who started the final round with a bogey five at the first, collected $1.33 million for landing the trophy and an additional $1 million from the tour's bonus prize pool.

"It means a lot to me to win here in this fashion," said the 2011 U.S. Open winner who was cheered on by girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one tennis player.   Continued...

 
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smiles at his girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark as he poses with his trophy after the fourth and final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro