Rory McIlroy closed with five straight birdies to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a year in which the 23-year-old won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.

McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to shoot a 6-under 66 for a 23-under 265 at the season-ending European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. Rose closed with a 62 for a 267 total.

"I wanted to come here and finish in style," top-ranked McIlroy said.

The win, worth $1,354,000, put his European Tour total at a record $7.16 million. He won $8,045,000 on the PGA Tour.

Luke Donald (71) and Charl Schwartzel (68) shared third at 270.

Motor sports

Sebastian Vettel won his third straight Formula One title, overcoming an early crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by McLaren's Jenson Button under pouring rain in Sao Paulo. "It's difficult to find the right words," said Vettel, who at 25 became the youngest three-time champion in F1. "I'm still full of adrenaline."

Vettel was bumped shortly after the first lap and spun. He fell to last place before he could turn his Red Bull car around. But he steadily worked his way up the field and did what he had to -- holding off Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title, in the 71-lap race. Ferrari's Alonso was second at the 2.68-mile Interlagos.


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Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was seventh in his final race. He's retiring for the second time after struggling in his return with Mercedes.

Soccer

Los Angeles' Landon Donovan is hinting that Saturday's MLS Cup final against Houston could be the last match of his career. "I'm going to take as much time as I need and decide if and when I'm ready to come back," he said. It'll be David Beckham's last competitive match in a Galaxy uniform.

  • Lionel Messi scored twice, raising his total for the year to 82 goals, and Barcelona (12-0-1) won 4-0 at Levante in the Spanish league.

    Winter sports

    Kathrin Zettel held off Austrian teammate Marlies Schild to win a World Cup slalom in Aspen, Colo. Zettel finished two runs in 1 minute, 42.46 seconds to edge Schild by 0.67 seconds. American Lindsey Vonn skipped the race as she recovers from an intestinal illness. Mikaela Shiffrin (1:45.52) was the top American at seventh.

  • Aksel Lund Svindal won a World Cup super-G, completing a sweep at Lake Louise, Alberta. He won Saturday's downhill. Svindal was timed in 1:34.96, beating Adrien Theaux by 0.85 seconds. American Ted Ligety was fourth in 1:35.87.

    Track and field

    Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time after successfully defending his 100- and 200-meter gold medals at the London Olympics. American Allyson Felix won the women's award. She captured the 200 in London.

    MCT Information Services contributed to this report.