Rory McIlroy clinched the DP World Tour Championship, the Race to Dubai title and 607 points for a lot of the Fantasy Golf teams.
When Rory McIlroy was sat on his sofa watching The Open this summer, his thoughts must have turned to what was left of the year.
In a surprise return from his ankle injury, he competed in the USPGA Championship, but never looked like a serious contender. It became clear that everything would come down to Dubai.
The opportunity to win his third end-of-year title in four years was presented to McIlroy after the European Tour generously handed him qualifying exemption to compete. It was at this point that the McIlroy machine sparked into life.
The cogs were whirring and the motor revving at the Turkish Airlines Open and the WGC-HSBC Champions. It was in Dubai that arguably the most well-oiled competitor in world golf pulled away from his rivals to clinch the Race to Dubai title…and 607 Fantasy Golf points.
You didn’t need to be a seasoned Fantasy player to know that including McIlroy in your team when the stakes are high was the right move. He was exceptional on Sunday, finishing one shot clear of Andy Sullivan. If you picked the likable Englishman, you’ll have still been no doubt very satisfied with the 517 points his second place finish earned.
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Boddington kept top spot thanks to an impressive points haul of 46,075, with Lizzys Lads 1,874 points behind in second place.
Who’s hot and who’s not
McIlroy, Marcus Fraser and Victor Dubuisson were three of the most popular picks last week.
Danny Lee, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia were three of the most common outgoing players.
Top players from each category
America A-L: n/a
America M-Z: Patrick Reed – 262 points
Great Britain: Andy Sullivan – 517 points
Ireland: Rory McIlroy – 607 points
Scandinavia: Soren Kjeldsen – 262 points
Rest of Europe: Francesco Molinari – 442 points
Asia: Byeong-Hun An – 442 points
Africa: Branden Grace – 472 points
Australasia: Marcus Fraser – 7 points
South America: Emiliano Grillo – 442 points