Dubai, Rory McIlroy confirmed his superiority

In the first Rolex Series tournament of the DP World Tour 2024, the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Rory McIlroy confirmed his superiority

by Andrea Gussoni
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Dubai, Rory McIlroy confirmed his superiority
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In the first Rolex Series tournament of the DP World Tour 2024, the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Rory McIlroy confirmed his superiority. The Northern Irish golfer, currently number 2 in the world ranking, triumphed with a total of 274 shots (71 70 63 70, -14), beating by just one shot the Polish Adrian Meronk, who ranked second with 275 (-13 ) and was awarded the best player on the circuit in 2023.

Rory McIlroy, results

The American Cameron Young, after dominating the competition in the first three rounds, slipped to third place with a score of 276 (-12). Meanwhile, the only Italian player to make the cut, Guido Migliozzi, made a remarkable comeback in the final round, placing 25th with 285 (73 68 75 69, -3).

Rory McIlroy, after a second place the previous week in the Dubai Invitational, celebrated his tenth success on the circuit, which includes four Majors and three WGC tournaments. This victory adds to his 24 overall major and WGC victories on the PGA Tour.

It is his third title in a Rolex Series event, earning him $1,530,000 in prize money out of a total prize pool of $9,000,000. Additionally, McIlroy has set a record four victories in this event, having previously won it in 2009, 2015, 2023 and now 2024.

After this victory, the DP World Tour remains in the United Arab Emirates and will be protagonist from 25 to 28 January with the Ras Al Khaimah Championship. He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School.

He belongs to the Holywood Golf Club, where he began his first training sessions followed by Michael Bannon, a coach he has retained to this day. McIlroy was part of the winning Junior Ryder Cup team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.

Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, played at The Royal Portrush, he broke the course record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, played at The Royal Portrush .

In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 shots (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and Amateur World Team Championship.

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