Rory McIlroy secured his place at the top of the European Tour money list by finishing third in the Singapore Open, and in the process recreating Luke McDonald’s accomplishment last year by topping both the European and United States money lists.
There are still tournaments left to play in the Race to Dubai but McIlroy cannot be topped on the money list having already racked up €3.7m on the European tour so far, as well as the €6.3m he picked up on the PGA Tour.
Despite the big figures involved and his impressive haul of five top-five finishes on the European tour the Downman played down the achievement saying, “The money list has been cheapened a little bit by not having the leading players at events towards the end of the year.
“It’s still an award for consistency and you need to play well throughout the year in all the tournaments you attend.”
The world number one though said he had met a lot of the targets he set this year.
“I set myself a number of ambitious goals at the start of the year, and to have ticked so many of the boxes feels great,” he said having knocked Donald off the number one spot and bagged a second major at the PGA Championship.
“I’ve still got two events remaining this year, and the goal is still to try and win at least once more before the end of the season. Beyond that, I’m looking forward to a good break over the winter.
“Monty won eight Orders of Merit in his prime, and I have only won one so far, so there is plenty of ground to make up. But to be able to go into 2013 as the number one on both tours is hugely satisfying.”