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DUBAI---Rory McIlroy survived a late
scare and finished his frustrating sea-
son on a high, winning both the DP
World Tour Championship and the
Race to Dubai crown yesterday.
McIlroy got the better of overnight
leader Andy Sullivan over the back nine
to clinch the European Tour's season-
The third-ranked Northern Irishman
shot 6-under 66 with eight birdies to
finish on 21-under 267, one stroke ahead
of Sullivan (68).
England's Danny Willett, who started
the tournament 1,613 points behind
McIlroy in the Race to Dubai and need-
ed to beat him to become the European
No 1 for the first time in his career,
finished tied for fourth on 13-under
275 after shooting 70.
South Africa's Branden Grace shot
5-under 67 in the final round to finish
third on 273. McIlroy had an anxious
moment late in the day when his tee
shot on the par-3 17th found the water
and threatened to nullify his advantage
at that stage.
But the 26-year-old McIlroy made
a brilliant 40-feet putt to limit the
damage to a bogey, which gave him a
one-shot lead going to the 18th where
he and Sullivan made par.
"In hindsight, I probably should have
gone with a different club and a dif-
ferent shot," McIlroy said of his prob-
lems at the 17th. "It's definitely probably
the longest putt I've ever made for a
bogey. I don't think there's been one
that's come at a better time. So, yeah,
definitely the best bogey of my career."
McIlroy also won the Race to Dubai
title as the European Tour's No 1 player
for the year, the third time he has
secured the honor after winning in 2012
"To be European No 1 for the third
time in four years, that was a goal of
mine at the start of the year. It was a
goal of mine in the middle of the year
and it was definitely a goal coming into
these last few weeks," he said.
McIlroy's closest rival for the Race
to Dubai was Willett, who made early
birdies to climb to third place on the
leaderboard, but both McIlroy and Sul-
livan had enough birdies of their own
to stay comfortably clear. Willett needed
to finish ahead of McIlroy in the tour-
Sullivan had two birdies in the first
two holes, and four in the first six.
McIlroy bogeyed the fourth and trailed
Sullivan by three shots at one stage,
despite birdies on Nos 5, 6 and 7.
But the birdies stopped for Sullivan
as he started spraying his tee shots,
and McIlroy edged ahead with two cru-
cial birdies on the 14th and 15th holes.
McIlroy survives scare to take Dubai title
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the final round of DP World Tour
Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. AP PHOTO
RIO DE JANEIRO---Mayor Eduardo
Paes expressed confidence Saturday
in security for next year's Rio de
Janeiro Olympics, but was also cau-
tious in the wake of the attacks in
Paris just over a week ago.
"We have to worry," Paes said,
speaking at the field hockey venue for
the games. "The attacks to Paris were
not to Paris, but to the civilized world.
... This can happen anywhere and we
are going to take good care of the secu-
rity of the Olympic Games, and things
are going to go well."
Brazilian government officials have
said that 85,000 soldiers, police and
security agents will be deployed for
the Rio games, which is reported to
be twice as many as the 2012 London
Olympics. Jose Mariano Beltrame, the
top security official for Rio de Janeiro
state, said earlier in the week that
security plans have not changed
because of the Paris attacks.
Brazil has little experience with
attacks like those in Paris. The major
problem in Rio is street crime, rob-
beries and assaults---part of the
endemic violence in a city rife with
Much of the violence takes place in
sprawling hillside slums where police
are outnumbered by armed gangs.
Some of these areas border Rio's
famous beach areas in the south of
the city, which will host several
Brazil is larger than the continental
United States and has thousands of
miles (kilometres) of porous borders,
some slicing through the Amazon jun-
gle region. (AP)
Mayor worried over Rio Olympic security
AUCKLAND---Several hundred people
have attended the first public memo-
rial service for former New Zealand
winger Jonah Lomu at the south-
Auckland church his family often
attended when he was a child.
Mourners yesterday at the Lotofale'ia
Tongan Methodist Church in the suburb
of Mangere, where Lomu was raised,
included his wife Nadene, their sons
Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5, and Lomu's
Many of the congregation wore Ta'o-
vala, a traditional Tongan woven skirt
worn to show respect, especially in
times of mourning.
Lomu died on Wednesday aged 40
of cardiac arrest after a 20-year battle
with kidney illness. Details of his funeral
service and other memorial events have
yet to be finalised. (AP)
Hundreds attend first
memorial for Jonah Lomu
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