Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

McIlroy no April fool after Hollow victory

Life just keeps getting better for Rory McIlroy.

The Holywood golfer, who turned 21 on Tuesday, has followed Sunday’s stunning first triumph on the US PGA Tour by being voted The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for April.

McIlroy’s Quail Hollow Championship victory sealed the award in the eyes of the judging panel, which consisted of members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as radio and television commentators.

McIlroy, who will receive a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne as well as an engraved alms dish in recognition of his achievement, produced a truly breathtaking performance at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.

Having made the weekend action right on the cut line, he stormed through the field with a best of the day 66 on Saturday before a course record 62 on Sunday — a round which finished with six consecutive threes — saw him win by four strokes from Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. Tiger Woods missed the cut.

“I am thrilled to be recognised by The European Tour with this award, it really means a lot,” said McIlroy (pictured).

“I'm really looking forward to getting back to Europe and playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and I will play there as the reigning Golfer of the Month which will be really nice.

“The final round (at Quail Hollow) was one of those rounds you are never going to forget, to be honest. I was in such a good frame of mind going out that I knew I had a chance and there is no better feeling in the world than to go out and beat such a high quality field over such a good golf course.”

It is the second time that McIlroy has won The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month Award, the first being in January 2009 following his maiden European Tour triumph in the Dubai Desert Classic.

He joins South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els — winners of the January and March Awards respectively — and England’s Ian Poulter, who picked up the February Award, as candidates for The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year, which will be decided at the end of the season.

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