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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Eight of November's finest to choose from, all you have to do is pick your favourite...  (EuropeanTour)
Eight of November's finest to choose from, all you have to do is pick your favourite... (EuropeanTour)

With the dust beginning to settle on a superb season of European Tour action we have eight more wonders of the golfing world for you to choose from in the November Shot of the Month.

Shot 1 - First up is Italian wonder-kid Matteo Manassero who became the youngest in European Tour history to record three victories, at the tender age of just 19, and it was all thanks to a sparkling fairway wood to the third extra hole at the Barclays Singapore Open, while battling Louis Oosthuizen for the title, that finished a mere 15 feet from the cup to set up a victorious eagle.

Shot 2 – Our second effort comes from another record-breaker, in the shape of evergreen Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who became the oldest winner in European Tour history at 48  thanks to his third title at the UBS Hong Kong Open, and this glorious approach to the ninth hole in the final round, cutting in a towering fairway wood into the heart of the green that rolled up to a couple of feet to secure a crucial birdie, was crucial in ensuring victory.

Shot 3 – Henrik Stenson picked up his seventh European Tour win at the SA Open Championship, his first for more than five years, and his second shot to the par five eighth hole on Friday, a superb mid-iron that pitched on a ridge just short of the flag and released to four feet to set up a crucial eagle.

Shot 4 – Another from the SA Open Championship, this time from home favourite George Coetzee, who during the third round continued a fast start to his day, having birdied his first two holes, at the short par four fourth, where he clipped in a pin-point short iron that pitched right next to the hole before spinning back into the cup for an eagle two.

Shot 5 – The first of two efforts from Race to Dubai Number One Rory McIlroy at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai came on the ninth during the final round, where faced with a title charge from Justin Rose up ahead, he flighted in a gorgeous wedge from the centre of the ninth fairway that danced around the hole before coming to rest a few feet away to set up a crucial birdie on Sunday.

Shot 6 – In the midst of a scintillating Sunday charge, the aforementioned Justin Rose hit a beautiful long iron into the par five 14th during the final round, pitching on the front left corner of the green and getting an ideal kick towards the flag, rolling round the contours and up to five feet to ensure a very timely eagle three.

Shot 7 – Coming off three birdies in a row from the 14th to pull level with Justin Rose atop the leaderboard, Rory McIlroy stood on the daunting 17th tee knowing that he needed one more birdie to take the title in Dubai, and he did just that, thanks to a stunning approach to the par three that finished just six feet away and set up a much needed two and gave him a one stroke cushion down the last.

Shot 8 – One of the putts of the season from Justin Rose rounds off our top eight from November, where faced with a truly rollercoaster effort from 100 feet at the 18th for eagle he teased the ball up to the top of the slope half way to the hole, and just for a moment it looked like hanging up top, before rolling down and straight at it, narrowly missing the cup but ensuring a closing birdie to complete a course record round of 62.

A truly awesome eight to finish off 2012, watch them all here, then all you have to do is pick your favourite by logging in to My European Tour and you could win our great monthly prize of Race to Dubai goodies.

And make sure you watch out in the coming weeks for our season-ending Shot of the Year competition where a truly spectacular prize will be on offer to one lucky winner.

Stay tuned, and good luck.

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