McIlroy eyes elusive green jacket


Rory McIlroy turned his attention to claiming his first Masters title next year after winning the Race to Dubai in style with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship.

The world number three ended a frustrating 2015 on a high note by being crowned European number one for the third time in four years on Sunday.

McIlroy finished 21-under for the week following a final round of 66 to win by one shot from Englishman Andy Sullivan.

The Northern Irishman's triumph was his first since recovering from an ankle injury which he sustained playing football with his friends.

McIlroy has already set his sights on winning the only major title that has eluded him so far when he heads to Augusta in April.

"I think every time you go to Augusta, there's a lot of hype. There was a lot of hype around myself this year," he said.

"And next year, the narrative might be around three guys, myself going for the Grand Slam again. It's always going to be there until I get to put a green jacket on my back.

"Obviously the first real goal of the year is to try and get ready for the Masters and be in as good of shape as possible going in there.

"But I felt like I dealt with everything really well this year. I played well, I competed well. If anything held me back again at Augusta it was my putting. I finished fourth.

"Some years, 12 or 14 under par, that could have been good enough to win, but Jordan [Spieth] obviously just played much better than everyone else that week."