Rory McIlroy  receives the Race To Dubai trophy from HE Saeed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, after winnng The Race To Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

World number one will defend Australian Open title ahead of Grand Slam bid in April

Rory McIlroy: will pick up prizemoney of over €1 million for his Race to Dubai victory. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Irishman’s remarkable season ensures Tour’s final tournament in effect a dead rubber

  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has won his second Race to Dubai title.  Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

American owed lunch by world number one, who says season saw the best golf of his life

Shane Lowry of Ireland shot a 72 to remain on eight under after three rounds of   the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal  in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

After a poor third round in the Turkish Airlines Open Lowry admitted to being too aggressive, saying his course management let him(...)

Shane Lowry was five-under through 14 before dangerous weather brought play to a close in the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open

Offaly-man five-under through 14 in Turkey before siren signals end of play

Shane Lowry: recovered from a ‘comedy of errors’ to shoot five successive birdies and sign for a two-under-par 70. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Shane Lowry recovers from poor start to finish seven shots back at Maxx Royal

 Sergio Garcia  in action during the pro-am for the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.  “I think Rory did something quite extraordinary this season.” Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Barring an extraordinary climax to season, Irishman destined to top the order of merit

 Graeme McDowell: finished third behind Bubba Watson at the  WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and has now moved up to 15th in the latest world rankings. Photo:   Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Chasing trio would require back-to-back wins to stop Irishman topping Order of Merit

Shane Lowry will be hoping he can break into the the world’s top 50 over the next few weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy returns to action later this month while Graeme McDowell also in Shanghai

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