A 30-FOOT eagle putt on the final green at the Barclays Singapore Open yesterday made Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport & Pure Touch) the European Tour’s youngest money list winner since Sandy Lyle in 1980.
But it was only when 19-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero also eagled the same hole more than two hours later that McIlroy could crack open the champagne again.
Already with the PGA Tour title in the bag, the 23-year-old world number one emulated the double achieved by fellow FJ ambassador Luke Donald last season when Manassero beat South African Louis Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour & SciFlex) with a 12-foot putt at the third play-off hole.
If Oosthuizen had won he could still have caught McIlroy, but instead Manassero became the first player to win three times on the circuit before the age of 20.
On clinching the money list double McIlroy said: “It really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European number one, especially after finishing second two of the last three years. It has always been one of my goals ever since securing my Tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour number one is just amazing. I feel so proud and humbled.”