This year’s U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy decided to go from Europe to Asia, aiming for a victory. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman who took third place at the Korea Open in 2009 will make every effort to improve his position when he starts competing on Thursday.
However, his path will not be easy. To claim the victory, Rory will not only have to beat current champion YE Yang who is adored by the South Korean public but also to defeat a number of strong golfers from Korea, China and Australia. Yang is the only Asian golfer who has won a major tournament after edging out Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship and enjoys a large support in his native land.
The youngest U.S. Ryder Cup player of all time, Rickie Fowler, as well as the world No. 22, South Korean Kim Kyung-tae, and Australian Andre Stolz are other high-profile contenders.
Right after this tournament, Rory McIlroy will go to China to compete in a seven-city tournament that will last seven days. World No. 2 Lee Westwood and No. 23 Ian Poulter will also vie for the trophy.
Though he is only in 23rd place in the world, Englishman Ian Poulter is strangely confident of his victory. He declared that he was going to win the tournament in an interview. However, Westwood and Rory are still the favorites, despite any allegations.
It is not the last tournament in China that the world’s top golfers will attend this year. Next month, they will return there for the WGC-Champions Tournament.