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Brent Kelley

McIlroy Wins USPGA, Euro Tour Money Titles

By November 11, 2012

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Through 2010, no golfer had ever won both the PGA Tour and European Tour money list titles in the same year. Now, it's happened in back-to-back seasons.

Luke Donald did it first in 2011. In 2012, Rory McIlroy has done it again.

McIlroy had already clinched the 2012 PGA Tour money list lead before this week; then, on Sunday at the Singapore Open, McIlroy clinched the European Tour's money list (a k a, the Race to Dubai).

McIlroy finished third at the Singapore Open, winning enough cash to make his lead on the money list insurmountable with two Euro Tour tournaments remaining.

On the PGA Tour, McIlroy finished with $8,047,952 in 16 tournaments, a little less than $2 million ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods. That total was boosted by a win at the 2012 PGA Championship, plus wins in two of the four FedEx Cup playoff events. Earlier in the year, he won the Honda Classic, and McIlroy added five other Top 10s.

On the European Tour schedule, McIlroy had eight Top 10s in 13 appearances, including one victory. His earnings so far total 3,696,597.

One of the keys for McIlroy was doing great in some of the seven tournaments that are cosanctioned by the U.S. and European tours - the four majors, plus three WGC events. McIlroy's lone Euro Tour win (so far) in 2012 was the USPGA Championship. He actually didn't fare too well in the other three majors, but in the three WGC tournaments McIlroy played - Accenture Match Play, Cadillac Championship and Bridgestone Invitational - he finished second, third and fifth, respectively.

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