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Rory McIlroy Clinches Race to Dubai Title Following Max Homa’s Nedbank Triumph

Rory McIlroy Clinches Race to Dubai Title Following Max Homa's Nedbank Triumph

Rory McIlroy will secure a fifth Race to Dubai title at next week’s DP World Tour Championship after Max Homa won the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

McIlroy did not take part in the Nedbank Golf Challenge which saw Max Homa earn a first DP World Tour victory meaning that McIlroy cannot be caught at the top of the season-long Race to Dubai standings.

The world no.8’s win at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa was a commanding one as the 32-year-old American cruised to a four-shot victory carding a six-under 66 which included an eagle and six birdies to end the tournament on 19 under.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Homa said: “It has been a dream 10 or 11 days. It was a crazy day – I got off to such a great start and Thorbjorn was playing unbelievable. He kept pushing us along and Nicolai [Hojgaard] was playing phenomenal golf, so it was fun.”

Adrian Meronk and Ryan Fox were the only two starting players who had the chance to close the gap on McIlroy in the Race to Dubai standings but both failed to accumulate enough points. Meronk finished tournament tied-15th only earning him 94.5 points meaning he remains in third in the standings while Fox had a disappointing showing only finishing tied-51st.

The Northern Irishman sits 2,083 points ahead of his closest competitor Jon Rahm with the winner of the season finale next week only able to earn 2,000 points. This means the 34-year-old becomes the first player in history to secure the Race to Dubai title before the final event of the year.

This will be McIlroy’s fifth Race to Dubai title after also topping the standings in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2022. He currently has 5,164 points thanks to victories in the Hero Dubai Desert Classic and Genesis Scottish Open as well as a runner-up finish in the U.S Open and a semi-final finish in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The DP World Tour season finale will be the DP World Tour Championship taking place between 16-19 November at Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai.