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McIlroy ready for break

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to a well-earned rest after a season which saw him claim his first major and push Luke Donald all the way in the Race to Dubai.

McIlroy needed to win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday to have any chance of overturning Donald and becoming Europe's top earner but could only finish in a tie for 11th after a week which saw 22-year-old US Open champion suffering from a virus which might be Dengue fever.

And he is now looking forward to putting his clubs away until just before the Abu Dhabi Championship on January 20-23, saying: "I think this week was one too many. But Luke deserves it. Basically every time he's teed it up he's had a chance or he's finished in the top five or top 10."

He added: "Mentally you have to be so good just to keep grinding out the scores when you need to.

"But I've made great progress this year - with my game, with my results, with everything.

"I feel like I'm swinging the club as good as I ever have and I feel like my body is as strong as it's ever been.

"I've won my first major (by eight shots with a record score and at a younger age than any US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1933) and my goals are just to win tournaments and try to become a multiple-major champion."