Danny Willett just came up short in his bid to become Europe's number one golfer as Rory McIlroy took top spot in the Race to Dubai.
Willett had to finish ahead of McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship to take the crown, but in the end the Northern Irishman's class shone through as the 26 year old finished as the European Tour's best for the third time.
McIlroy saw off Andy Sullivan to claim victory at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on -21, with Willett tied fourth with fellow Sheffield star Matt Fitzpatrick on -13.
McIlroy missed three tournaments this summer, including the defence of his Open title at St Andrews, due to an ankle injury suffered playing football with friends and needed a controversial exemption to compete in the European Tour's season finale despite not playing enough events.
Nearest rival Willett felt that gave McIlroy an unfair advantage but was unable to dislodge the four-time major winner from top spot in the money list, a position he held since finishing fourth in the Masters before winning the WGC-Cadillac Match Play three weeks later.
It has been an incredible year for both South Yorkshire golfers, with Fitzpatrick coming in 12th in the Race to Dubai in this his first season on the Tour.
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