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Golfer lands European Tour award

McIlroy ended 2015 as European number one after winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai last month and the four-time major winner's exploits have earned him another award.

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Rory McIlroy has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year after successfully defending his Race to Dubai crown.

It has been a mixed year for the Northern Irishman, who secured three victories but spent a frustrating spell on the sidelines after injuring his ankle playing football with his friends shortly before The Open.

The 26-year-old said: "It is a huge honour for me to be named European Tour Golfer of the Year again.

"I feel very proud to have won this prestigious award for the third time – it is always special, no matter how often, to be recognised this way.

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"After a good first half to the season, the injury was obviously a setback for me, so to finish the year strongly with my second victory in Dubai – plus picking up The Race to Dubai title again – was very satisfying.

"This was an objective I successfully fulfilled this season. To now win the Golfer of the Year award, too, is a great way to sign off the year. I am already looking forward to starting the new season and trying to achieve even more in 2016."

World number three McIlroy also won the Dubai Desert Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Match Play this year.

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