Hong Kong Open
December 4, 2011 by staff
Hong Kong Open, World number two Rory McIlroy sealed the US$2.75 million UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday by holing a birdie chip from a bunker on the last, keeping alive his slim hopes of denying Luke Donald an historic Order of Merit double.
“I think that’s the most excited I’ve ever been on a golf course,” said the 22-year-old. “It was just incredible to see the ball drop and realise that I had won this tournament.”
A final-round 65 clinched a two-stroke victory for the Northern Irishman and the winner’s cheque of $458,330 means the US Open champion still has a chance of overtaking current Race to Dubai leader Donald with victory at the season-ending Dubai World Championship next week.
McIlroy has collected 3,066,605 euros ($4,110,477) for the season to world number one-ranked Donald’s 3,856,394 euros. The event in Dubai is worth just over 930,000 euros to the winner.
Englishman Donald, who has already won the US PGA Tour money list, skipped the Hong Kong event as did Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who had been placed second in the Race to Dubai until McIlroy’s heroics on Sunday.
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