Member of The Bear’s Club Wins Big at Dubai World Championship

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Rory McIlroy, 23, is on the move and on the rise. The Northern-Irishman-turned-Jupiter-resident is raising eyebrows among Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ clients.

Rory McIlroy hoists the Wanamaker Trophy earlier in 2012.

Northern Palm Beach County is home to so many successful golfers it has become the new golf capital of the world.

Rory McIlroy has had a stellar year on the golf course. The Northern Irishman rolled to victory in the European Tour’s recent Dubai World Championship, shooting five consecutive birdies to secure a two-shot lead.

McIlroy finished at 23 under par with a final-round score of 66, putting an exclamation point on a 2012 career that has him at the top of his game. A member of The Bear’s Club, the 23-year-old professional is at the top of the European Tour rankings – No. 1 all the way – and leads the money rankings in both the European and PGA tours.

The Jupiter-based golfer has achieved so much this year and has become such a part of the northern Palm Beach County golf world that clients of Waterfront Properties and Club Communities ask about him and the cadre of other Tour players who live in the region.

With the win in Dubai, McIlroy secured his fifth European Tour event title, set a single-season earnings record, which he snatched from fellow Bear’s Club member Luke Donald, who set it in 2011, and became the sixth player to win multiple times on the Tour. The other five are Branden Grace, Peter Hanson, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen and Bernd Wiesberger.
McIlroy played so well at Jumeirah Golf Estates, he overcame Justin Rose, who set an Earth Corse record with a score of 62. Rose shot eight birdies and one eagle. The Englishman finished at 21 under par, nailing the record in his final round.

Donald, 34, finished the Dubai World Championship in third place, tying Charl Schwartzel. Donald had an 18 under par and shot a 71 in the final round. He is one of several select Tour pros who practice most of their game at the prestigious golf club and community of homes for sale in Jupiter.

Other highlights of the Dubai World Championship, a prominent United Arab Emirates tournament that took place Nov. 22 through 25, were etched into the history books by Sergio Garcia, Stephen Gallacher and Joost Luiten. Garcia, of Spain, matched the pre-Rose course record of 64 in his second and fourth rounds, while Gallacher, of Scotland, and Luiten, of the Netherlands, both shot surprising holes-in-one.

Northern Palm Beach County is home to so many successful golfers it has become the new golf capital of the world. Among the more notable players hugging the Gold Coast are Tiger Woods, of Jupiter Island, Ernie Els, of Jupiter, and Champions Tour standout Mark Calcavecchia, of Tequesta.

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