Former World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One, McIlroy, becomes seventh youngest winner on the European Tour.
Rory McIlroy, former World number one, yesterday won the Dubai Desert Classic, clinching his first European Tour title at the prestigious Emirates Golf Club.
The 19-year-old, who topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking in February 2007, finished with a final round of two under-par 70, a total of 19 under-par 269, one shot ahead of England’s Justin Rose and two of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.
This win moves McIlroy to 16th in the professional world rankings and makes him the seventh youngest winner in European Tour history. He also moves to second place in the Race to Dubai.
Mcllroy caught the world’s attention by producing an opening round of 3-under par 68 in The 2007 Open Championship while still competing as an amateur at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day.
That same year he was selected for the Walker Cup, which was played at Royal County Down, in his native Northern Ireland. He turned pro shortly afterwards and finished third in just his second professional event, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to secure his full European Tour card.