Delighted the fans at The K Club as the home favourite overcame a stern challenge from Russell Knox to win the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, firing a closing round 69 to make it European Tour win number 13 in County Kildare. He finished 2016 with ten top ten finishes from 12 starts. Sealed a glorious Dubai double for the second time in 2015, winning the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and with it the Race to Dubai. Went into the week with a slender lead over Danny Willett, but produced a masterclass in the season-ender for a one stroke victory over Andy Sullivan to add to wins in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and WGC-Cadillac Match Play earlier in the year. The season was interrupted by an ankle ligament injury suffered playing football with his friends in July, and he was unable to defend his Open Championship title, having claimed his third Major at Hoylake the year before. In a glorious 2014 summer, also captured the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship to cement his position as World Number One, then helped Europe to glory in The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, beating Rickie Fowler 5&4 in the singles. Earlier that year he had won the BMW PGA Championship, a result which helped him cruise to Race to Dubai win number two. His first Race to Dubai triumph came in 2012 when he signed off in style with victory over Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course. Earlier that season he won the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island to double his tally following his Major breakthrough at the U.S. Open at Congressional. Those wins helped banish the memories of the 2011 Masters Tournament, where he led by four shots going into the final round but carded an 80 to fall back. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2010 and won two points from four, before taking three from five in both 2012 and 2014. Carded the lowest first round in Open Championship history with a 63 at St Andrews in 2010, en route to finishing tied third. Enjoyed a glittering amateur career during which he reached the top of the World Amateur Rankings. Caught the eye by finishing third in his second event as a professional, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. That earned him enough money to assure his place in the top 115 to be the then youngest and quickest Affiliate Member to secure his card. In 2015 began hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and secured a memorable victory in the event in 2016, at The K Club.