Rory McIlroy wins European Tour money title
By mustang6560 on 11/12/12
Matteo Manassero defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff Sunday at the Singapore Open to win his third European Tour title as a teenager, but the story out of Sentosa Golf Club was Rory McIlroy's third place finish.

The Ulsterman needed a top 10 finish in Singapore to win the European Tour money title and join Luke Donald as the second person in history to win both PGA and European Tour money titles in the same season. Rory not only earned a top 10 to secure his latest career accomplishment, he closed with a 6-under-par 65 Sunday including an eagle on the par-5 18th to finish in solo third.
"It has always been one of my goals ever since securing my Tour card five years ago," he said of capturing the Harry Vardon Trophy, "but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour No. 1 is just amazing."

"Winning a second major already made it a fabulous season," McIlroy said, "but then to follow Luke Donald in becoming No. 1 in both Europe and the States is the icing on the cake after a fabulous season. I set myself a number of ambitious goals at the start of the year, and to have ticked so many of the boxes feels great."
I know what you're going to say — you're not that impressed because Tiger Woods unofficially won both money titles seven times, but you should be. You shouldn't discount Rory's accomplishment. Rory won four times in 2012 including the PGA Championship and racked up four second place finishes and two third place finishes around the world. And he's only 23-years-old. If continues to play well, he may officially win both money titles more times than Tiger unofficially won them.

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[ comments ]
Backquak says:
why are Tiger's "Unofficial"?
mustang6560 says:
Because he wasn't officially a member of the European Tour.
mmontisano says:
I was at this tournament on Sunday an it was a blast. I have video of Phil and Manassero teein off, along with some other great photos. I wish there was a way to share them with you all.
mustang6560 says:
@badcaddy- Email them to me and I'll post them.
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