Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his bunker shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his bunker shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. Richard Heathcote - Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is the European number one

WORLD No.1 Rory McIlroy celebrated an "amazing" feat on Sunday after becoming only the second man to win the money race on both sides of the Atlantic, courtesy of a third-place finish in Singapore.

McIlroy, 23, closed out in style with a 35-foot eagle putt on his last hole at the Barclays Singapore Open, and his unassailable lead in the standings was confirmed when Louis Oosthuizen lost a play-off with Matteo Manassero.

"It really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European number one, especially after finishing second two of the last three years," McIlroy said.

"It has always been one of my goals to become number one in Europe ever since securing my tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour number one is just amazing.

"I feel so proud and humbled to join so many fabulous names in Europe who have won the order of merit."

 

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