Money-list triumph is truly special, says Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy capped the best season of his career by adding the European Tour`s money-list title on Sunday to his two major championship victories.

Reuters| Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014, 22:33 PM IST
Money-list triumph is truly special, says Rory McIlroy

Belek, Turkey: Rory McIlroy capped the best season of his career by adding the European Tour`s money-list title on Sunday to his two major championship victories.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who sat out this week`s tournament in Belek, knew the crown would be his providing Sergio Garcia of Spain, German Marcel Siem and Jamie Donaldson of Wales failed to win the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open.

"To win the Race to Dubai for the second time really is something truly special," McIlroy said in a news release after victory in Turkey went to American Brooks Koepka.

"That four-week spell over the summer, from the Open to the U.S. PGA Championship, would have to be the best golf of my life so I feel like I`ve really earned the Race to Dubai.

"Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling but I feel like I`m now a more complete player and my all-round game has moved to another level," added the world number one.

"I`ve put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it`s nice to get the rewards at the end of it."

McIlroy, who also won the tour`s flagship event -- the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth -- and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio this year, said he would still go all out to capture next week`s DP World Tour Championship title in Dubai.

"In some ways the pressure is off but I`ll fight very hard to end the year on a high with another victory," he added.

European Tour chief executive George O`Grady saluted McIlroy`s 2014 achievements.

"It says something about his outstanding form that Rory ends the year as the dominant player not only on our tour but on the world stage," said O`Grady.

"He is a credit to himself and to the European Tour and a most deserving winner of the Race to Dubai."