Nicolai Hojgaard wins, Rory McIlroy number 1

The celebrations of Rory McIlroy, number 1 in Europe for the fifth time

by Andrea Gussoni
Nicolai Hojgaard wins, Rory McIlroy number 1
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The celebrations of Rory McIlroy, number 1 in Europe for the fifth time. And again: the exploit, the first in a Rolex Series tournament, by Nicolai Hojgaard, new champion of the DP World Tour Championship. In Dubai, absolutely everything happened in the last seasonal event of the top continental men's golf circuit.

Nicolai Højgaard, results

The Dane celebrated his third success on the DP World Tour by winning with 261 shots (67 66 70 64, -21). Leading in the first and second rounds, the 22-year-old from Billund had slipped to fifth place at the end of the 'moving day', but with a final round of 64 (-8) - with nine birdies, including five in the last six holes, and a bogey - he took the entire stake, three million dollars against a prize pool of ten, the highest ever for the DP World Tour.

A magical year thus ends for Hojgaard, with a victorious debut in the Ryder Cup, on the Marco Simone course where in 2021 he won the Italian Open. In the United Arab Emirates, at the Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course, par 72), nothing to do for Matt Wallace.

After a record-breaking third round, the Englishman finished in 2nd place with 269 (-19) alongside compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Norwegian Viktor Hovland. Fifth place with 271 (-17) for the Spaniard Jon Rahm, who was defending the title.

Same score for the Frenchman Matthieu Pavon and the South African Thriston Lawrence. McIlroy didn't get higher than 22nd place with 278 (-10). Not bad for the Northern Irishman, European number 1 for the fifth time. Second in the world ranking, for the second consecutive year he won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the best player on the circuit.

Rory McIlroy (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer. Born in Holywood, County Down in Northern Ireland, he is the only child of Gerry and Rosie McIlroy. Rory became a professional golfer in 2007 at just 18 years old, becoming the youngest player in the top-50 in the world rankings.

Since then, Rors has won 13 tournaments, including 4 majors, in 2011 (U.S. Open), 2012 (PGA Championship) and in 2014 (The Open) and the (PGA Championship), returning to be number 1 in the world.

Rory Mcilroy