Pushed Rory McIlroy all the way in the 2015 Race to Dubai after a superb season which yielded two huge wins. Went into the final event of the campaign just 1,614 points behind the World Number Three, but his fourth place finish in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai proved immaterial as McIlroy marched to his third victory of the season. Had been in the top two in the Rankings for the entire season after winning the first tournament, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Shot weekend rounds of 65 and 66 for an 18 under par total at the Gary Player Country Club to win by four shots from compatriot Ross Fisher and claim the lucrative first prize. Added another title at the Omega European Masters, winning by one shot from fellow Sheffield resident Matthew Fitzpatrick with a brilliant display. Claimed his first European win at the 2012 BMW International Open, where he beat Marcus Fraser in a play-off at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne, Germany. The son of a preacher enjoyed a stunning amateur career, winning the English Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s after being crowned Yorkshire Amateur Champion in 2007, before going on to play in the Walker Cup and become number one amateur in Europe. Earned his 2009 playing rights after cruising through all three stages of the Qualifying School. Currently coached by Graham Walker, who was previously named in Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches.