The only thing left for Rory McIlroy is the coronation.
The world No. 1 secured the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title on Sunday after Marcel Siem, Sergio Garcia or Jamie Donaldson failed to win the Turkish Airlines Open. McIlroy now leads Henrik Stenson by 2,726,514 points; Dubai offers only 1,666,600 to the winner.
McIlroy sat out the first three Final Series events but had such a massive lead in the standings that it mattered little. He will play in Europe’s season finale next week in Dubai.
Siem had the best showing in Turkey, a tie for eighth, but all of McIlroy’s nearest pursuers needed to win back-to-back events and also get some help. Donaldson tied for 19th while Garcia finished joint 25th.
It is McIlroy’s second Race to Dubai title in three years (2012).
“This has obviously been the best season of my career by a long way, and to win the Race to Dubai for the second time really is something truly special,” he said. “That four-week spell over the summer, from the Open to the PGA Championship, would have to be the best golf of my life, so I feel like I’ve really earned the Race to Dubai.
“Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling, but I feel like I’m now a more complete player and my all-around game has moved to another level. I’ve put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it’s nice to get the rewards at the end of it.
“In some ways the pressure is off next week, but I’ll fight very hard to end the year on a high with another victory.”