Rory McIlroy has ended a remarkable year by winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and ending up as the top golfer on the planet.
Already this year he won the US PGA Championship and has topped the American and European money lists. If this success story continues, he will go down in sporting history as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
Despite his truly outstanding achievements on the golf course, Rory remains a highly likeable young Ulsterman with his feet firmly on the ground. He is a credit to his sport, to his family and to his native Northern Ireland.
We all applaud him.