Rory McIlroy wins European Tour Shot of the Year for 2016 with his approach to the final green during the Irish Open in May

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Rory McIlroy Wins European Tour Shot of the Year

Rory McIlroy’s stunning five wood into the K Club’s final green during the Irish Open has been voted the European Tour’s best shot of 2016.

McIlroy hit it to within tap-in range from 256 yards for a closing eagle to win his first Irish Open by three strokes from Bradley Dredge and Russell Knox.

Rory told the European Tour: “I actually thought I hit my drive too far left, I thought it had ran out. But it was playing a lot longer than it had been playing the previous couple of days.

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“I had a good yardage. I had 222 to the front, 256 to the pin. And I had a similar shot in the Pro-Am, actually.

“JP tried to get me to hit a four iron, and it was a similar wind, as well, but I felt like I was trying to hit it too hard.

“So I actually dropped another ball in the Pro-Am and hit five wood, a very similar shot to what I hit.

“I didn’t know I would need it at the end of the week but there you go.”

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Fans voted throughout December, with McIlroy’s shot receiving nearly a third of all votes.

The final standings in Shot of the Year voting:

1. Rory McIlroy – Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
2. Scott Hend – Shenzhen International

3. Brett Rumford – ISPS HANDA Perth International

4. Lasse Jensen – Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player

5. Andy Sullivan – 100th Open de France

6. Sergio Garcia – BMW International Open

7. Kristoffer Broberg – Lyonness Open powered by Sporthilfe Cashback Card

8. James Morrison – BMW PGA Championship

9. Rickie Fowler – Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

10. Robert Karlsson – Made in Denmark