26 Nov 2012

McIlroy triumphs in European Tour finale

6:35 am on 26 November 2012

The world number one golfer Rory McIlroy won the European Tour finale after repelling a record-breaking charge from Ryder Cup team mate Justin Rose.

Rose almost chased down the Northern Irishman, who shared the overnight lead with Luke Donald, when he carved two shots off the previous Earth course record with a breathtaking 10-under final round of 62 containing eight birdies and an eagle.

The Englishman set his target early but U.S. PGA winner McIlroy finished the back nine with a flourish, birdying the last five holes to clinch victory by two strokes with a closing 66 and a 23-under tally of 265.

Donald (71) was tied third on 270 with South African Charl Schwartzel (68) at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.