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.

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.


"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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