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Rory caps off Race to Dubai victory

Rory McIlroy current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Rory McIlroy

Final Round — European Tour — Race to Dubai The Final Series – DP World Tour Championship — Jumeiah Golf Estates — Dubai, United Arab Emirates —

Rory McIlroy capped off his 2015 season with a double dip of triumph.

McIlroy captured the DP World Tour Championship carding a final-round 6-under-66 to beat out Andy Sullivan by a shot at Jumeiah Golf Estates in Dubai.

The victory secured his third Race to Dubai title — the season-long points race on the European Tour. Rory had to use a special exemption to qualify for the playoffs — as he did not play the required number of tournaments to qualify per tour regulations.

Rory finished 21-under overall.

Sullivan, a three-time winner on the European Tour this season, led or shared the lead in each of the three rounds leading up to Sunday’s finale. He shot 68 in the final round, but came up short making only one birdie on the final nine holes.

Branden Grace was third alone at 15-under. Six players ended up T-4 at 13-under europeantourlogo15including Charl Schwartzel, Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick. For Willett, he was probably the most disappointed in the end. Without Rory’s special exemption, he would have been in line for the Race to Dubai title.

It marked Rory’s first tournament victory since winning twice in three weeks on the PGA Tour in May.

Rory wins R2D title

Rory wins R2D title

Patrick Reed logged a T-10 finish alongside Martin Kaymer. For Reed, it was his second straight Top 10 playing in The Final Series. He lost in a playoff last week at the BMW Masters.

Rory was a 4 1/2-to-1 betting favorite heading into the week at Golfodds.com.

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