Rory McIlroy has dominated the column inches throughout his career, and the Northern Irishman made the headlines again today as the world’s media celebrated his achievement in winning The Race to Dubai.

The World Number One sealed the Harry Vardon Trophy after finishing third in the Barclays Singapore Open, following Englishman Luke Donald’s accomplishment last year of winning both the Race to Dubai and US PGA Tour money list in the same season.

Global Golf Post said: McIlroy Locks Up Race to Dubai Title. “Having already won his second major championship, ascended to the summit of the Official World Golf Ranking and played his part in Europe’s stunning Ryder Cup comeback, Rpry McIlroy has now set the seal on the most glittering season of his career by winning The Race to Dubai for the first time. Read more….

In Dubai they are already looking forward to welcoming McIlroy to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next week to celebrate his coronation, with 7 Days in Dubai reporting: Rory McIlroy warns rivals Race to Dubai victory is 'just the start'. “He may have just won The Race to Dubai, is world No.1 and have the golfing world at his feet, but Rory McIlroy wants even more glory. The Northern Irishman revealed his plan for global domination having come third in the Singapore Open - a finish good enough to secure him the European money list after his only possible challenger, Louis Oosthuizen, lost in the play-off to McIlroy’s fellow young gun Matteo Manassero. Read more...

In his homeland, the Irish Independent reported: Top Man McIlroy Has 11.3m Reasons To Smile. “Singapore was the setting for another Holywood epic as Rory McIlroy wrapped up the 2012 Race to Dubai with a final round 65.” Read more.

It added that the World Number McIlroy “joined an exclusive four-man club of Irishman by winning the Harry Vardon Trophy” following Christy O’Connor Snr, Ronan Rafferty and Padraig Harrington.

The Daily Mail said: Rory Checks Out With Double Top. “At Rory’s current rate of progress, the money titles next year might be all over by August. The Race to Dubai is supposed to reach its climax at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next week. Now it will be a 72-hole coronation instead.” Read more....

The Times reports: McIlroy Goes One Better Than Donald. “Last year Luke Donald went where no man had gone before by winning the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Yesterday, Rory McIlroy went one better, not only sealing the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title to go with his Arnold Palmer Award for winning the PGA Tour in the United States, but also winning both tours with tournaments in hand. Read full text (subscription needed).

The Daily Telegraph focused on McIlroy’s superb final round in Singapore which helped clinch the Harry Vardon Trophy: McIlroy’s Eagle Crowns Him King Of Europe. “Yesterday’s six under in Singapore was testament to McIlroy’s quality as he made the required lead to third place outright to afford himself the luxury of playing in Hong Kong this week and then at the Dubai finale next week, already guaranteed the £630,000 bonus.” Read full text.

The Guardian said: McIlroy ‘Humbled’ After Sealing Money List Double. ““I feel so proud and humbled to have joined so many fabulous names,” said McIlroy, the second Northern Irishman to win the title after Ronan Rafferty in 1989.” Read full text.

The Daily Record used the headline It’s Double Tops for No.1 Rory and carried praise for McIlroy from Colin Montgomerie, winner of a record eight Harry Vardon Trophies. “Colin Montgomerie was among the first to congratulate new European No.1 Rory McIlroy yesterday – but then quipped “he’s still seven behind me”.” Read full text.

The Independent said: McIlroy Caps Amazing Year By Completing Money List Double. “On clinching the money list double, McIlroy said he has realised one of his major goals for the season, but then targeted overhauling Colin Montgomerie’s eight money list wins, as well as aiming to become the top major winner in history.” Read More...

And USA Today said: McIlroy Claims European Money Title. The World Number One said: “It has always been one of my goals to become No. 1 in Europe ever since securing my Tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour No. 1 is just amazing." Read more....


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