All his career Tiger Woods has been known for wearing a red shirt on the final day of tournaments - it is his “power” colour he says.
Rory McIlroy had a somewhat different reason for doing it again on Sunday as he won his fifth title of the year in Dubai.
“It was actually the only clean shirt I had. That’s the honest truth,” the Northern Ireland man said after beating Justin Rose by two at the DP World Tour Championship.
His second major victory at the USPGA Championship in August also came with him dressed in red for the last round.
“It seems to work,” the world number one added. “I know it worked for someone for a while!”
Yesterday, after winning title number five as he saved his best to the final day of the season, McIlroy summed it all up in one word “unbelievable”.
The World Number one needed something special after Justin Rose had produced something extraordinary - a 10 under par 62 that was not only a course record by two, but also the lowest round of his 14-year European Tour career by two.
The tournament victory earned Rory almost £840,000 - and for topping the European Tour money list, just as he did in America, he collected nearly £630,000.
The 23-year-old said: “I could not have wished for any better. To back up 2011 with another major (like the first by a runaway eight-shot margin) and to be part of an unbelievable story at the Ryder Cup has made it an incredible year.”