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Published: 15:11 | 21/12/15

McIlroy named European Golfer of the Year


Rory McIlroy has been named the European Tour Golfer of the Year.

McIlroy won the Race To Dubai title for the third time in four years with the Northern Ireland golfer securing the title with victory in the season-ending World Tour Championship.

His win was his third success on tour in 2015 after his victories in the Dubai Desert Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Match-Play.

"It is a huge honour for me to be named European Tour Golfer of the Year again. I feel very proud to have won this prestigious award for the third time - it is always special, no matter how often, to be recognised this way," said McIlroy.

"After a good first half to the season, the injury was obviously a setback for me, so to finish the year strongly with my second victory in Dubai – plus picking up The Race to Dubai title again - was very satisfying.

"This was an objective I successfully fulfilled this season. To now win the Golfer of the Year award, too, is a great way to sign off the year. I am already looking forward to starting the new season and trying to achieve even more in 2016."

McIlroy's foundation hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down shortly before he was forced to take several weeks off due to an ankle injury sustained while playing football with friends.

The injury resulted in McIlroy missing the defence of his Open Championship title at St Andrews but he managed to return to action in time for USPGA Championship.

“Rory is not only a Major Champion, a World Golf Champion and an amazing talent, he is also a terrific ambassador for The European Tour, so to have him as our Golfer of the Year for 2015 is special," Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of The European Tour.

"To win this prestigious award for a third time at the age of 26 is a superb achievement, and undoubtedly Rory showed again this season why he is one of golf’s, and indeed sport’s, most watchable performers, particularly during his captivating victory in Dubai last month. Our congratulations go to Rory for another outstanding season on The European Tour.”

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