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Rory McIlroy was today crowned Race to Dubai champion without hitting a golf ball

The 25-year-old has won the Harry Vardon trophy with one tournament still to go.

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RORY MCILROY HAS won the Race to Dubai for the second time in three years despite not playing in the last two events and with one tournament still to go.

McIlroy’s incredible 2014 saw him win two majors, a World Golf Championship and the BMW PGA Championship — enough to build up an unassailable lead over Henrik Stenson before next week’s DP World Tour Championship.

Brooks Koepka’s first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open earlier today was enough to see the Northern Irish man over the line.

Going into this week’s tournament in Turkey Marcel Siem, Jamie Donaldson and Sergio Garcia all needed to win and then win again next week to have a chance of overtaking McIlroy but they finished in eighth, 19th and 25th respectively.

With the victory McIlroy has broken yet another record, becoming the youngest player ever to top the European Tour money list twice.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a blistering season that saw him storm to two majors and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational within a four-week spell during the summer.

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A tied runner-up finish in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which took place a week after he played his part in Europe’s victory over America in The Ryder Cup, means McIlroy has now finished in the top two in each of his last four appearances on The European Tour.

McIlroy will play in Dubai next week as he looks to secure his second European Tour victory of the season and, with it, yet another huge paycheck thanks to the $8 million dollar purse on offer.

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