McIlroy: I didn’t play well enough

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Following his runner-up finish at the DP World Tour Championship, Rory McIIroy was officially declared the winner of the Race to Dubai on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman’s four under 68 would not be enough to catch winner Henrik Stenson, who finished two shots clear – and among the sports betting favourites.

While the world number one had a solid final round, it was the back-to-back double bogeys on the 12th and 13th on Saturday that cost him dearly.

“I just didn’t play well enough to win, and if I had won playing like that, it would have been a surprise,” confirmed the 25-year-old on telegraph.co.uk.

“And that’s a really big positive, not just going into next year, but going into the rest of my career.

“Because in seasons gone, by, a bad week for me would have resulted me finishing in the middle of the pack and not in contention like this week.

“That consistency in results is something I’ve been really pleased with this season. Yet all credit to Henrik. He deserved it.”

Nevertheless, the four time Major winner’s superb year meant he had won the Race to Dubai before even teeing off this past weekend, as he had an unassailable lead.

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