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Sunday, 25 November 2012
Rory McIlroy  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2012 – DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI

•   His fifth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 115th European Tour event.

•   Set a new record for a single-season earnings with €5,519,117. This beats the previous record of €5,323,400 set by Luke Donald in 2011.

•   Gains his second European Tour title of the season, following the US PGA Championship.

•   The second consecutive European Tour season he has recorded multiple victories. In 2011 he won the US Open Championship and UBS Hong Kong Open.

•   Becomes the sixth multiple winner of the season. They are: Branden Grace (Joburg Open, Volvo Golf Champions, Volvo China Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open), Bernd Wiesberger (Ballantine’s Championship and Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity), Paul Lawrie (Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy and Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles), Peter Hanson (KLM Open and BMW Masters) and Rory McIlroy (US PGA Championship and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).

•   He has won his last four European Tour titles from just 26 European Tour appearances, dating back to the 2011 US Open Championship.

•   To highlight his amazing consistency he has finished in the top ten, 17 times from his 26 European Tour events dating back to the 2011 US Open Championship.

•   This season he has finished in the top ten in ten of his 15 tournaments on The European Tour.

•   He winning total of 265 (-23) matches the 72 hole tournament record set by Lee Westwood in 2009.

•   Becomes the fourth youngest player in European Tour history to win their first five events. McIlroy is now 23 years and 205 days. He follows: Seve Ballesteros (21 years and 42 days), José María Olazábal (23 years and 21 days) and Sandy Lyle (23 years and 90 days).

OTHER FACTS

•   His second European Tour victory in Dubai, following the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic and the third of his five European Tour wins to come on Asian soil.

•   Victory comes in his fourth appearance in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

•   This victory beats his previous best performance in the event of third in 2009. (Was also fifth in 2010 and tied 11th in 2011).

•   Has won an average of €367,941 per event from his 15 events on The European Tour in 2012.

•   Moves over €15 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings from just 115 events, at an average of €138,486 per event.

•   The fourth of his five European Tour events he has won when leading or sharing the lead going into the final round. (The only one he has made up a final round deficit in was the 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open).

•   The 46th Northern Irish win in European Tour history.

•   The third Northern Irish win of the 2012 season, following Michael Hoey at the Trophée Hassan II and McIlroy at the US PGA Championship.

•   His fifth victory in 2012, following The Honda Classic, US PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship.

•   His fifth win worldwide makes him the joint most prolific winner on the all the major Tours in 2012, alongside Branden Grace.

•   His tenth victory as a professional.

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