15 moments that defined Rory McIlroy's career

2 Rory Mc Ilroy

2. February 1, 2009 – A first win in the desert

After an agonising play-off loss to Jean-François Lucquin in the 2008 Omega European Masters and a runner-up finish at the Hong Kong Open, Rory broke through to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the age of just 19, seeing off Justin Rose and rising to a career-high No.16 in the world.

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