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McIlroy picks up another prize with PGA accolade

WORLD No 1 Rory McIlroy added further accolades to his resume when he was named winner of the PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy yesterday.

THE 23-year-old Irishman, who clinched his second major title with a record eight-shot victory at the PGA Championship in August, was always likely to land both honours after triumphing a season-high four times on the 2012 PGA Tour.

McIlroy followed in the footsteps of his Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald when he became the second player to win the money list titles in both Europe and the United States.

He is a heavy favourite to become the PGA Tour's Player of the Year, which is voted upon by tour members and scheduled to be announced early next month.

McIlroy comfortably held off the challenge of Americans Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar to claim PGA of America Player of the Year honours.

He finished with 100 points while Woods ended up with 66, Masters champion Watson and Dufner each totalled 50, Snedeker earned 36 and Kuchar 34. McIlroy won the Vardon Trophy, first presented in 1937, with an adjusted scoring average of 68.87. Jim Furyk was second on 69.30 and Dufner third (69.45).

Victories

McIlroy, who secured the European Tour Race to Dubai title by finishing third at the Singapore Open on Sunday, is vying with Woods, Dufner, FedExCup champion Snedeker and Watson for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award.

McIlroy claimed PGA Tour victories this season at the Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship.

He clinched the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour's leading money winner, with earnings of $8,047,952, and followed it up with the European Tour order of merit on Sunday.

"To follow Luke in becoming number one in both Europe and the States is the icing on the cake," said McIlroy.


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