Rory McIlroy secured the top spot in the DP World Tour rankings effortlessly on Sunday, with none of his closest rivals able to catch up after the conclusion of the penultimate event at Sun City.
Heading into the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this week with 5,164.5 points, the Northern Irishman has now claimed the coveted position on the European Tour money list five times, marking his dominance in 2012, 2014, 2015, and last year.
McIlroy’s substantial lead of 2,083 points over the second-placed Jon Rahm, the Masters champion, and Adrian Meronk in third, solidifies his standing as a golfing force.
Despite not participating in this weekend’s Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, McIlroy’s position remained unassailable. The tournament was claimed by American Max Homa, who finished four shots ahead of Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard.
Poland’s Meronk, securing 94.5 points with a 15th-place finish, added to his impressive campaign. The top 50 players in the Race to Dubai rankings will now vie for a substantial $10-million purse at Jumeirah Golf Estate, promising an electrifying culmination to the season from Thursday.