SUNDAY MAY 22, 2016 - DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION
• His first European Tour victory since the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
• Wins on the European Tour for his third consecutive season. This moves him into second place in the current list of most consecutive winning European Tour seasons. The leader is Justin Rose, with four (2012-2015). This is the first time during his European Tour career he has won for three successive seasons.
• This victory beats his previous best 2016 European Tour performances of tied third in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and WGC – Cadillac Championship.
• His first professional victory on Irish soil.
• Just his third European Tour victory on European soil. The previous two were the 2014 BMW PGA Championship and 2014 Open Championship.
• This victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation comes in his tenth appearance.
• This victory beats his previous best performance in Ireland’s national open of seventh in 2008.
• Since the event became part of the European Tour International Schedule in 1975, follows Christy O’Connor Jnr (1975), John O’Leary (1982), Padraig Harrington (2007) and Shane Lowry (2009 as an amateur)), as Irish winners of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
• Becomes the first player to win a European Tour event and have his name in the tournament title as sponsor or host.
• Extends his current record to having finished in the top ten of his last six European Tour events, dating back to the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
• In his 11 European Tour events since the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, he has been placed inside the top ten on nine occasions.
• Ireland becomes the fifth destination where he has won a European Tour event. The breakdown is: United States (five), Dubai (four), England (two), Hong Kong and Ireland (one each).
• Led by three shots going into the final round. Becomes the 12th winner this season to triumph after leading going into the final round.
• Has now won eight of his 12 European Tour stroke play titles when leading going into the final round.
• Since the beginning of the 2014 season has now amassed a total of 13,865,061 points in the Race to Dubai, from a mere 33 events played.
• Now has an average of 420,153 points per event in his 33 European Tour events since the start of 2014.
• Since the beginning of the 2014 season has been inside the top ten in 23 of his 33 European Tour events played.
• The 12th of his 13 European Tour victories to have come since 2011.
• Including the 2011 U.S. Open Championship (his second European Tour title), his last 12 European Tour victories have come in just 72 European Tour events. This means he has averaged winning one European Tour event for every six European Tour appearances since his 2011 U.S. Open triumph.
• To underline his superb consistency throughout those 72 events, has been in the top ten a total of 44 times overall.
• The 58th Northern Irish win in European Tour history.
• The first Northern Irish victory of the 2016 European Tour season.
• This victory extends Northern Ireland’s run of consecutive winning years on The European Tour to nine, dating back to the 2008 season.
• Moves within one victory of Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington’s record total of 14 European Tour victories by an Irish player since The European Tour’s first season in 1972.
• His 20th victory as a professional.
• Now has won in five of the last six European Tour seasons, dating back to the 2011 season. (The only season he did not win in was 2013).
• His eighth consecutive season has won in worldwide, dating back to the 2009 season.
• Moves over €30 million in European Tour Official Earnings.
• Moves to 3,516,317 in the European Ryder Cup Points Table.