Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy is still hoping to snatch the European money title from top-ranked Luke Donald and will attempt to do it at this week’s Hong Kong Open.
The world number two Irishman is $1.5 million behind the successful Englishman, which means that he needs to win or come in second at the Hong Kong Open and claim the Dubai World Championship title to deny Donald.
McIlroy has a vantage position right now as Donald and second-ranked German Martin Kaymer have decided to sit out the Hong Kong, giving an opportunity to US Open champion McIlroy to beat them. Besides, McIlroy has a good record at the Hong Kong Golf Club – he finished as runner-up at this course.
McIlroy’s career rocketed after the US Open win which showed his potential. Since then, Rory finished in the top four times and won the unsanctioned $2 million event in China.
And now, the 22-year-old golfer harbors ambitions for winning the European Tour money list besides getting to second place in the world rankings.
The Asian Tour’s money list race is also heating up, as Filipino Juvic Pagunsan is only $288,000 ahead of Indian Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia and both are going to pay in Hong Kong.