Mikko Korhonen carded a 5-under 67 on Thursday to claim medalist honors at the European Tour's Final Qualifying Stage tournament.
The LPGA Tour released its 2015 schedule on Tuesday and it also announced a new title partnership for the first major of the season.
If one of those three had won last week in Turkey and this week's DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, they would have been able to pass McIlroy and win the Race to Dubai.
The 2014 PGA Tour season had different players in starring roles at different points in the season, and that made for some great action.
Christina Kim ended a 9-year winless drought on Sunday and that helped Kim return to the top 50 in the latest women's world golf rankings.
Brooks Koepka fended off Ian Poulter to win the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday and that helped Koepka move to No. 35 in this week's world rankings.
Jorge Fernandez-Valdes fired a final-round, 2-under 72 and he earned a 2-shot victory at the Abierto de Chile.
Xi Yu Lin fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday and she cruised to a 5-stroke win at the Sanya Ladies Open.
Rashid Khan closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday and he came from behind to win the Chiangmai Golf Classic.
David Oh carded a 2-under 70 in Sunday's final round and he hung on to win the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters.