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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 DP World Tour Championship

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Obviously it's a bit slow this week as the last of the major tours finished up the 2012 season. Jake Higginbottom won the BMW NZ Open on the Australasian Tour, and Jake Roos won the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open on the Sunshine Tour.

Rory wins everything

There's not a lot to say, really. The World's #1 showed everybody why he's World #1! After 13 holes of uneven play in his final round, Rory McIlroy knocked out 5 birdies in the final 5 holes to take the DP World Tour Championship title.

To go along with his Race to Dubai title, of course.

Luke Donald, the guy most seemed to think would be his biggest challenger -- I know I did -- just didn't have it Sunday. After 102 straight bogey-free holes at Dubai, he bogeyed not only the 3rd but the 12th hole as well. In addition, he could only manage 3 birdies. A round of -1 in the final round just isn't going to cut it at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Luke finished in a tie for third.

No, the surprise challenger was Justin Rose. He blasted through the course with a 10-under 62 and said, as he finished his round, that he thought he might have done enough. Instead, he lost by 2 strokes. This could bode well for Justin going forward, but it just wasn't enough this week.

As for those who questioned the "validity" of Rory winning the Race to Dubai without winning a European Tour event -- the PGA Championship may count on the ET, but it's clearly in the USA -- Rory shut them up as well by winning the richest, most European talent-laden event on their Tour. Enough said, eh?

So what else can I say? As Rory heads out, presumably on vacation with the lovely Caroline Wozniacki -- and around €9million, according to this Irish Sun article -- all I can do is post yet another Limerick Summary in praise of his victory:
Though the big boys went low in Dubai,
Buoyed by hopes understandably high,
Rory got his fifth win –
An appropriate end
As we bid this golf season good-bye.
The photo came from the tournament page at europeantour.com.

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