Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has won the Hong Kong Open. The win will keep alive his contest with Luke Donald at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
The US Open champion shot a closing round of 65 to finish on 12 under par, two shots ahead of Gregory Havret. Peter Hanson was a further shot back, with Ian Poulter tied for fourth.
McIlroy can prevent Donald from topping the European money list if he wins the Dubai World Championship and the world number one finishes 10th or worse.
“One of the goals was to win this tournament to keep myself in with a shout next week,” said McIlroy, who is ranked second in the world, one place above England’s Lee Westwood.
“It’s very dependent on what Luke does because he’s got such a big lead but if I can somehow get myself into contention next week, you never know.
“Another little bit of motivation was that I woke up this morning and saw Lee Westwood shoot 62 in Sun City and I thought I really needed to win to stay above him in the world rankings. It was nice to be able to do both.”
McIlroy has finished second, second, sixth and first in the last four years at the tournament in Fanling and now has four professional titles to his name.