McIlroy earns awards double in US

Rory McIlroy has been named the PGA of America's Player of the Year and the winner of its Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average of the season.

The world number one won four times in the US during a season in which he topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

McIlroy's victories included his second major win at the US PGA in August.

The Northern Irishman will also be favourite to land the PGA Tour's own player of the year award.

Tiger Woods was runner-up for the PGA of America's Player of the Year but ineligible for the Vardon Trophy because of his injury withdrawal during the final round of the WGC Championship in Miami in March.

But for that he would have finished with an average of 68.9 to McIlroy's 68.87 but second place instead went to Jim Furyk on 69.3.

The PGA Tour has its own Player of the Year award, and members have until 30 November to vote.