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Awards hat-trick for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has won the Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month award for the third time this year following his August triumph at the US PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman clinched the fourth major championship of his career at Valhalla, where he won by one shot from Phil Mickelson.

It followed his Open Championship victory in July and his BMW PGA Championship win in May, both of which were followed by McIlroy being handed the monthly award.

World number one McIlroy earns an alms dish and jeroboam of champagne for winning his third such award in the last four months, a run which has been achieved just twice before, by Henrik Stenson last year and by Ian Woosnam in 1987.

McIlroy said: "It's always an honour to win the Golfer of the Month award. The award is important to me, and to have won it three times this year shows I'm having a really special season.

"But hopefully I'm not done yet - there's still plenty of golf to be played, so it'd be great to add a fourth before the season is over."

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