By the numbers: Rory McIlroy

Despite his ankle injury, Rory McIlroy bounced back to defend his Race to Dubai title and end the season as European number one. We take a look at some telling numbers…

48.5 million – The amount of dollars that McIlroy has earned via winnings and endorsements in 2015, according to Forbes.

27 million – The total number of euros the Northern Irishman has earned on the European Tour since turning professional in 2007.

6,500 – The amount of golf balls McIlroy has hit in 2015, according to Santander's Spendlytics. The personal finance app also indicated that he gave 6350 autographs and walked 1500km on the course.

174 – The number of birdies McIlroy rolled in on the PGA Tour this season. How many have you made in your lifetime?

88 – The number of bunkers McIlroy found himself in for 2015. He got out the sand and made par on 54 occasions.

80.09 – The percentage of greens in regulation McIlroy hit on the European Tour in 2015. No other player was better than that.

69.3 – McIlroy's stroke average per round for the year. For some perspective, Jordan Spieth is at 68.9 per round.

61 – McIlroy's lowest round of the year. The 11 under par round came on the Quail Hollow Course during his win at the Wells Fargo Championship.

38 – The number of top ten finishes McIlroy has recorded in his last 66 European Tour events.

11 – The worst position McIlroy has finished in seven starts at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai. 

9 – The number of weeks McIlroy was out injured after he damaged ankle ligaments while playing football with friends.

5 – The number of majors the world number three has won so far. It's a sure bet this number will increase.

5 – McIlroy's number of wins on the European Tour (3) and PGA Tour (2) combined this year.

3 – The number of times McIlroy has won the Race to Dubai title. His 2015 title follows on from 2014 and 2012. 

1 – The number of clubs McIlroy threw in the water this season. Frustration got the better of him at the WGC-Cadillac Championship when he sent his three iron into the water feature. Course owner Donald Trump was swift to react, personally retuning the club to him on the practice range the following morning. 

0 – The number of times McIIroy has won at the Masters. He only needs this major to complete a career grand slam.  

Doug Mattushek