`Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy (pictured by Getty Images) is hoping to finish his unbelievable season in fitting fashion at The European Tour’s season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
The World Number One was crowned Europe’s Number One player before a ball has been struck at the season finale thanks to his remarkable exploits throughout the 2014 as he claimed the Tour’s flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship before an unforgettable summer during which he won The Open Championship, the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship.
Such sustained brilliance means that McIlroy arrived at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week with an unassailable lead in The Race to Dubai, with 2,726,514 points now separating McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in second place, and 1,666,600 on offer to the winner of the DP World Tour Championship.
The 25 year old is determined to repeat his victory of 2012 over the Earth Course when he finished the final round with five consecutive birdies to claim his first Race to Dubai title, but he will meet serious resistance from a field packed with so many of the world’s elite golfers, including defending champion Stenson and his ten other victorious team-mates from Europe’s most recent Ryder Cup team.
Rory McIlroy: “I’m very proud to have won The Race to Dubai again, and for the second time in three years, and doing it not having to do anything this week I guess is an added bonus. I’m very proud of how I played throughout the season, with a lot of consistent play. Obviously I had that fantastic stretch over the summer, which made up the bulk of the season for me, and how many points that I accumulated in The Race to Dubai. It would be nice to pick up two trophies on Sunday and not just one, though, and I am still very motivated to go out there this week and perform well.
“I always feel like I can get better, even if the improvements are not that noticeable. You mightn’t be able to see them. They mightn’t be obvious improvements. They might be little things I’ve tried to i`mprove, and I feel like I’ve gotten better at. But there’s always things that you can do to try and get better. But, you know, for me right now, it’s just about fine-tuning everything that I have because I feel like I am in a really good place with my game and it’s just about trying to keep that level of consistency as high as possible.
“There are a few things I learned this season that I’ll take forward into the next few years. I feel like some of the links preparation that I did leading up to The Open Championship was very important. Playing The Scottish Open was very important – I think that was something that helped me play well at Hoylake. And a few other things. I feel in a much different place now at the end of 2014 than when I did the end of 2012 when I was pretty much in the same position. I feel like I was a much clearer path and I know exactly what I need to do and how to do it going forward to stay at this level, so I am excited to finish this season off well and already excited for 2015.”
Source: European Tour