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Rose's course-record 62 not enough in Dubai

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For a time Sunday, it appeared that Justin Rose would usurp Rory McIlroy and become the surprise winner of the DP World Tour Championship.

During a week of low scoring, the Englishman had saved his best for the final round – eight birdies and an eagle, a 10-under 62, to smash the course record by two strokes.

And it still wasn’t enough to win.

World No. 1 McIlroy closed with five consecutive birdies to win by two strokes at 23 under.

“I thought I had you @McIlroyRory!” Rose tweeted afterward. “Class finish mate to a class year.”

Rose’s consolation prize was still substantial. With his runner-up finish in Dubai, the world No. 7 jumped to second in the Race to Dubai, after earning €3,260,635 ($4,231,019) this season.

Eight players had a share of the previous course record at Jumeirah Golf Estates.