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Rory's first professional victory on Irish soil

Published 22/05/2016

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Rory's win in facts

*His 13th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 161st European Tour event.

*Moves to 1,988,305 points in the Race to Dubai.

*Stays in third place in the Official World Golf Ranking with 9.6430 points.

*His first European Tour victory since the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

*This is the first time during his European Tour career he has won for three successive seasons.

*This victory beats his previous best 2016 European Tour performances of tied third in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and WGC – Cadillac Championship.

*Rory's first professional victory on Irish soil.

*His third European Tour victory on European soil. The previous two were the 2014 BMW PGA Championship and 2014 Open Championship.

*this victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation comes in his tenth appearance.

*this victory beats his previous best performance in Ireland’s national open of seventh in 2008.

*Since the event became part of the European Tour International Schedule in 1975, Rory now follows Christy O’Connor Jnr (1975), John O’Leary (1982), Padraig Harrington (2007) and Shane Lowry (2009 as an amateur)), as Irish winners of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

*Rory is now the first player to win a European Tour event and have his name in the tournament title as sponsor or host.

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