By Lee Moran
Last updated at 12:08 PM on 21st December 2011
Rory McIlroy proved he is still at the top of his game - with a series of breathtaking bunker shots from the top of Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel.
The 22-year-old U.S. Open champion, who has scaled to the summit of the golfing world in the past 12 months, took to the seven-star venue's helipad to show off his skills.
The world No.3, who is dating Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, kept his cool as he blasted the ball from 700ft above Dubai's Jumeirah beach.
And the global brand ambassador for Jumeirahís will be hoping to still have his head in the clouds at tomorrow night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 Award.
He is shortlisted for the top prize alongside Darren Clarke, who he pipped to win the U.S. Open and who is ranked one place above him in the world rankings.
Cyclist Mark Cavendish, cricketers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, golfer Luke Donald, athletes Mo Farah and Dai Greene, boxer Amir Khan and tennis star Andy Murray.
And in 2007, tennis stars Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played on an artificial court overlooking the bay.