Rory McIlroy named European Tour Golfer of the Year

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Golf star Rory McIlroy has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year, after an incredible season on the course. 

The world number one regained the top spot, after winning both The Open and the US PGA Championship, among a number of smaller honours. 

McIlroy missed out on the Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday night despite being as short as 1/14 with some bookmakers, as Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton landed the award.

The highlights of a fantastic season are obviously the two major victories, which is some achievement alone, despite all of the Northern Irishman's other successes during this campaign.

The 25-year-old also won The Race to Dubai, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and topped the PGA Tour money list for 2014.

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McIlroy enjoyed another Ryder Cup success too, playing in all five sessions for Team Europe as they defeated United States for a third consecutive time. 

This award adds to the Golf Writers Trophy which he was awarded last week, to cap off a truly magnificent season.


This is the second time McIlroy has won this award, and the star admits he is overwhelmed by his successes this season. 

"To be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of," he said.

"This award is a very nice way to round off the year. The European Tour has always been good to me, so it is always special to be recognised in this way. Hopefully I can have more years like this one and win the award again."


The 2014 European Tour season is one that will remain in the memory of golfing fans for years to come, with McIlroy much to thank for many of the successes. 

With Ryder Cup success, Martin Kaymer's US Open and Players Championship victories and the addition of everything that the world's best golfer has added this season, it has made for a fantastic campaign. 

European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady praised McIlroy and insisted that Europe are proud of his successes to date. 

"Rory is a fine ambassador for the game of golf and a loyal supporter of the European Tour, as he has shown with his backing of the Irish Open next year, so we are all very proud of his success, not only during this year but across his career to date," O'Grady said.

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