By LEE MORAN
Head for heights: Rory McIlroy blasted a series of bunker shots from the Burj Al Arab hotel's helipad in Dubai
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.
Club with a view: Rory McIlroy was watched by his caddie JP Fitzgerald during the promotional event
Resembling from a distance the tiny figures on a Subbeteo table football pitch, the Northern Irishman was watched by caddie JP Fitzgerald.
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.
Spectacular: The world number 3, who is romantically teeing off with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, kept his cool as he blasted the ball from 700ft above Dubai's Jumeirah beach
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.
Don't look down! Rory McIlroy appeared as small as a Subbuteo player from these pictures taken from above the Burj Al Arab hotel
Driving into the distance: Rory McIlroy blasted the golf balls into the Dubai coastline during the event
McIlroy, who scooped the Northern Irish Personality Award earlier this week, followed in the footsteps of golfer Tiger Woods as he watched his step in the heavens of Dubai.
And in 2007, tennis stars Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played on an artificial court overlooking the bay.
Top of the world: McIlroy, who scooped the Northern Irish Personality Award earlier this week, followed in the footsteps of golfer Tiger Woods as he watched his step in the heavens of Dubai
Dizzy new heights: Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have previously played on an artificial court overlooking the bay on the helipad