WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy has already wrapped up the European Tour’s Race to Dubai – and just about everything else this year – but he would love to add the DP World Tour Championship to his bulging trophy cabinet.
The 23 year old has not only climbed to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in the last 12 months, but matched Luke Donald’s 2011 feat of capturing the money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as winning a second Major at the US PGA Championship by the same eight-shot margin as his US Open victory a year earlier.
McIlroy stitched up The Race to Dubai win with his third-place finish at the Barclays Singapore Open two weeks ago and has reassured nervous Europeans he won’t be neglecting them next year.
“I think with the way golf has gone, you can be a global player and you can play all over the world,” he said this week. “I don’t think anyone is going to neglect The European Tour.
“The European Tour gave me a lot of opportunities coming through, and it’s something that I’ll never forget and something that I’ll always hold onto. I’m always going to be a European Tour Member.”
The top 60 players on the Race to Dubai will compete this week at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai for the World Tour Championship title. “Obviously I’m very proud and very honoured to have won The Race to Dubai this year,” McIlroy said. “I’ve had four goes at it since 2009, I came close a couple of times and it was great to be able to do it this year.
“It’s been a phenomenal year, I’ve still got one more tournament yet and I want to try to finish the season strong. This is definitely a great way to end what has been a great season.”
There are 59 other very talented golfers who would love to stop him. They include defending champion Luke Donald, who is hoping for a back to back winning season finish on top of his victory at the Dunlop Phoenix title in Japan on Sunday – his third win of the year which also saw him back as world number two, pushing Tiger Woods out to three.
Other contenders include the man who set Kingston Heath in Melbourne alight for large periods last week – Ian Poulter, and Australia’s lone representative, Marcus Fraser.
Dubai Championship TV Coverage
The event is being telecast live in Australia on Fox Sports, beginning at the very viewer friendly time of 7pm to 12am Thursday.
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