McIlroy Wins in Hong Kong, Challenges Donald

by Jeff Skinner

For anyone that thought the Race to Dubai was over: think again.  Rory McIlroy just put Luke Donald on notice and has set up an exciting climax to the European Tour’s money title next week in Dubai.

McIlroy came from behind to overtake third round leader Alvaro Quiros and win The UBS Hong Kong Open for his second win of the season.  He shot a bogey free 65 to finish two strokes ahead of France’s Gregory Havret.  Quiros faded with a 73 and finished tied for second.

McIlroy hole out on 18.

This sets the stage for a Donald versus McIlroy showdown, World Number One against World Number Two at The Dubai World Championship.  Donald is trying to be the first full member of both the U.S. PGA Tour and the European Tour to lead the money list on both tours.  Donald leads McIlroy by a little less than 800,000 Euros.  He changed his schedule to compete in the states when Webb Simpson challenged his lead and claimed the PGA Tour’s Money Title.  He’ll once again have to fend off another youngster in Dubai where the winner earns over 900,000 Euros.  It looks to be everything the European Tour could wish for in the season ending event.



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