Rory McIlroy wins Race to Dubai title

Written by Staff Writer Rory McIlroy has labelled himself the “best player in the world” after claiming his 20th Tour title at the DP World Tour Championship. McIlroy, 26, fired a final round 67…

Rory McIlroy wins Race to Dubai title

Written by Staff Writer

Rory McIlroy has labelled himself the “best player in the world” after claiming his 20th Tour title at the DP World Tour Championship.

McIlroy, 26, fired a final round 67 to overtake American Brooks Koepka on 12-under par 269 and clinch the $10 million first prize at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

“There’s no doubt I am the best player in the world, the best golfer in the world,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“I always felt that way and maybe it was just a matter of proving it to myself,” added the Northern Irishman, who is the fourth youngest player in the history of the PGA Tour to win 20 titles.

“I think this week was the day I realized it because it was right in front of my eyes. I’ve always wanted to win this tournament,” he added.

“I had been close so many times and come so close and I finally won it on the weekend. I’m very excited, very happy and I’m proud of myself.”

McIlroy needed to finish second or better to guarantee finishing the season top-ranked in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Koepka was restricted to 72 holes after being forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship due to injury.

The tournament was one of two in the third phase of the 2019 FedExCup, which determines the overall champion. McIlroy started the day 12th in the standings but overtook two players to move to the top.

Overnight leader Thorbjorn Olesen signed for a two-under par 69 to finish one shot clear of England’s Tyrrell Hatton at nine-under while Australian Cameron Smith fell out of contention with a triple bogey seven on the 14th.

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