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Rory McIlroy Sets his Sights on Topping the European Money List as the Race to Dubai hot’s up

Edwin Huxley - Monday 29.10.12, 19:29pm

With Rory McIlroy having firmly cemented his place as the top earner of the US PGA Tour, the Irishman will surely now have his eyes set on topping the Race to Dubai which is to take place this November.

If McIlroy does in fact achieve this, he will be only the second golfer in the history of golf to do so after last year, Luke Donald broke the record; earning $6,683,214 in the PGA Tour and €5,323,400 on the European Tour.

Although the current world number three did find himself in poll position in 2011, Donald is currently in 13th position in the PGA Tour and 11th place in the European tour.

Currently first in the overall rankings, Rory McIlroy has won a total of four tournaments this season, taking an accumulation of $8,047,952 in winnings; quite a sum for any 23 year old.

Though a double topping of the tour takings shall certainly be a record in terms of age, it is not the first record in which the young Northern Irishman will have achieved as in 2011 (aged 22), he became the youngest player ever to reach the €10 million career earnings mark.

If that wasn’t enough however, earlier this year he also became the youngest ever player to reach the $10 million in career earnings whilst competing in the PGA Tour.

Despite all the victories and too the failures (having missed the cut three times this season), Rory has stated recently that he shall be competing in fewer tournaments in the 2013 season.

According to ESPN, the current world number one has stated that next year shall contain fewer events for him after totaling around 26 that has been scheduled in for this year. So far, McIlroy has played a total of 21 of those, with five more to go.

“I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut it down again to a max play of 22 or 23,” McIlroy continued.

“I still have got some big events left and I would love to win the Race to Dubai and repeat what Luke Donald did also winning the money list on the PGA Tour, so I am going to give it one last push.

“It has been a great season and I am ready to be done. It is just such a long season these days. But then I feel I have got an obligation to play some of these big events leading up to Dubai.”

Rory however, isn’t the only contender to top the European earnings this season however as legendary golfer, Tiger Woods is quickly on his tail with the 36 year-old being found in second place in the current world rankings.

After some amazing play this season, Tiger Woods has accumulated a total of three victories including a third place finish on the Deutsche Bank Tournament in Auguest.

Added to this is the fact that Woods this year became the first ever golfer to surpass the $100 million career earning mark after finishing in that very tournament.

With the winter firmly approaching, golfers all over the Northern hemisphere are preparing for some wintery conditions, wrapping up warm with hats, under armour and waterproof golf shoes at Direct Golf; it’s just a shame that Rory won’t have time to enjoy the cold weather however as he finds himself playing in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai in the next two months.

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