DP World Tour Championship: Mother and father of all wins as Rory McIlroy seals No1 spot
The shot that showed Rory McIlroy is back on top of his game meant more to him than the £2.1million winner's cheque as the Holywood golfer won the DP World Tour Championship to claim a third Race to Dubai title in the last four years.
Rory remains Europe's No1 after producing one of the best shots of his trophy-laden career to celebrate with mum Rosie, dad Gerry and partner Erica Stoll, making it a family affair on the desert course.
The 26-year-old four-time Major winner holed from 30 feet to salvage a bogey and take a one-shot lead up the 18th, which proved just enough to secure his fourth win of an injury-hit year after English rival Andy Sullivan's birdie attempt narrowly missed.
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"It's definitely the longest putt I've ever made for a bogey," McIlroy said after a closing 66 saw him finish 21 under par at Jumeirah Golf Estates, one shot ahead of Sullivan.
"I don't think there's been one that's ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.
"I've played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend. I couldn't think of a better way to finish the season so I'm really happy going into the Christmas break and looking forward to what's in store for 2016."