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McIlroy's late birdie blitz seals Dubai title

World number 1 fires five birdies in last five holes to win DP World Tour Championship

McIlroy's late birdie blitz seals Dubai title
Northern Irelands Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy after winning the DP World Tour golf Championship in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on November 25, 2012. (Getty Images)

World number 1 Rory McIlroy produced a late birdie blitz to win the DP World Tour Championship tournament in Dubai on Sunday.

The Northern Ireland star, who is sponsored by Dubai hotel group Jumeirah, finished on 23 under par, two shots better than Ryder Cup colleague Justin Rose who earlier carved two shots off the previous course record.

Rose blitzed his way to a stunning 10-under 62 with eight birdies and an eagle to better the previous mark held by Spain's Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Quiros, Britons Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher, Swede Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer of Germany.

But it was McIlroy who saved his best until last to fire five birdies in his last five holes as he scored a final round 66 to take the trophy.

The victory capped a memorable season for the 23-year-old who has also achieved the rare honour of winning golf's money list in both Europe and the United States.

He also won the 2012 US PGA Championship, his second major in as many seasons.

Luke Donald, who tied McIlroy for the lead after three rounds, scored a 71 to finish five shots off the lead and in a tie for third with South Africa's Charl Schwartzel.

"I couldn't have wished for the season to end any better," said McIlroy.

"Coming here with the Race to Dubai wrapped up I wanted to win the tournament trophy too and that's what I've done. It's a great way to finish a great season."

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