Rory McIlroy has finished the year as European No.1 for the fourth time in his career after coming fourth behind Jon Rahm in the European Tour Championship.
McIlroy crowned Euro No. 1 as Rahm wins
Rory McIlroy has added the European No.1 golfer status to his position as world No.1 with a steady final round in the EuropeanTour Championship in Dubai.
Overnight leader Jon Rahm won the event but McIlroy’s fourth place was enough to earn him the Harry Vardon Trophy for the the fourth time in his career – and first since 2015.
McIlroy finished the season top of the European rankings after Matt Fitzpatrick, his only rival, blew up around the turn.
June’s US Open champion needed to win and McIlroy to not finish runner-up, or to finish second and the Northern Irishman to be outside the top seven.