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by Mike Purkey

Golf was never meant to be fair. Justice is sometimes in short supply, even on the professional tours. And Sunday couldn’t have been a more perfect example.

Rory McIlroy won the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai, somewhat salvaging what he believed to be a hollow season. In addition to winning the tournament, he takes home $1.875 million in bonus money. But the fact he was in the field at all didn’t seem right to a lot of players.

McIlroy played in only 11 European Tour events prior to the season-ending event, meaning he would not meet the 13-tournament eligibility minimum, and was granted a pass by new tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley because of the weeks he missed due to his soccer injury. Many players, including the vocal Danny Willett, believed that the rules should not have been bent to accommodate McIlroy, who said he didn’t care about the money, which you may or may not believe.

Neither Lydia Ko nor Inbee Park won the CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA Tour – Cristie Kerr did – and Park finished one place ahead of Ko. But Ko wound up with the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus.

And Ko ended up two points ahead of Park in the LPGA’s Player of the Year race – even though Park won two majors to Ko’s one and both players had five victories in 2015.

However, justice finally was served when Kevin Kisner won the RSM Classic, his first career win after four runner-up finishes. After the year he had, no one deserves a trophy more than Kisner.

When asked about the potential for the party Sunday night, he said, “It could be epic.”

No debate about that.

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