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Sunday, 03 May 2015
Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)
SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 – WGC – CADILLAC MATCH PLAY

• His 11th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 148th European Tour event.

• Extends his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. He goes to 12.6246.

• His second European Tour victory of the 2015 season, following the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

• Becomes the fourth multiple winner of the 2015 European Tour season. They are: Branden Grace (Alfred Dunhill Championship and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Anirban Lahiri (Maybank Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open), Andy Sullivan (South African Open Championship hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni and Joburg Open) and Rory McIlroy (Omega Dubai Desert Classic and WGC – Cadillac Match Play).

• The fourth time during his European Tour career he has recorded multiple victories in the same season. The seasons are: 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

• His second World Golf Championship victory in his 24th WGC career appearance.

• Has now won the 2014 WGC- Bridgestone Invitational and 2015 WGC – Cadillac Match Play.

• Went 21 WGC appearances without a victory. Has now won in two of his last three WGC appearances.

• Victory comes in his seventh appearance in the WGC – Cadillac Match Play.

• This victory beats his previous best finish in the WGC – Cadillac Match Play of second in 2012, losing to Hunter Mahan in the final.

• Follows Darren Clarke (2000 WGC – Cadillac Match Play and 2003 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational) and Ian Poulter (2010 WGC – Cadillac Match Play and 2012 WGC – HSBC Champions), as European players to record multiple WGC victories.

• Follows Darren Clarke (2000 WGC – Cadillac Match Play and 2003 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational), Ernie Els (2004 and 2010 WGC – Cadillac Championship) and Ian Poulter (2010 WGC – Cadillac Match Play and 2012 WGC – HSBC Champions), as European Tour Members to record multiple WGC victories.

OTHER FACTS

• Becomes the ninth player to record multiple WGC victories. He follows: Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson.

• Becomes the eighth player to win two or more different WGC events. He follows: Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, Darren Clarke, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson.

• Becomes the second player, following Tiger Woods (2003, 2004 and 2008) to win the WGC – Cadillac Match Play as the number one seed.

• Becomes the sixth different European Tour Member to win the WGC – Cadillac Match Play. He follows: Darren Clarke (2000), Henrik Stenson (2007), Geoff Ogilvy (2009), Ian Poulter (2010) and Luke Donald (2011). (This is the WGC event that European Tour Members have won the most times).

• Is the only one of the 64 players to win all his matches.

• Becomes the 14th different player to win the WGC – Cadillac Match Play.

• Becomes the 15th WGC victory overall by a European Tour Member.

• Joins Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson as the players to have now won multiple Major and WGC Championships.

• Will celebrate his 26th birthday on Monday May 4. Aged 25 years and 364 days becomes the youngest player to win the WGC – Cadillac Match Play, beating the previous record of Jason Day, who was 26 years and 103 days when he won in 2014.

• Brings his streak of consecutive top ten European Tour finishes to ten. Of these ten, he has won five, second three times, one fourth and one tied ninth. (Has not been out of the top ten in a European Tour event, since the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, when he finished tied 14th).

• The 56th Northern Irish win in European Tour history.

• The second Northern Irish victory of the 2015 season. They are: Rory McIlroy (Omega Dubai Desert Classic and WGC – Cadillac Match Play).

• Moves into second place in the list of most European Tour victories by a Northern Irishman, with 11. He is just three behind Darren Clarke, with 14.

• Now won five of his 11 European Tour titles on American soil.

• His 17th victory as a professional. 
 

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