McIlroy Going to Make the Most of Donald’s Shanghai absence

Rory McIlroy is planning on getting closer to the top position on the European Tour’s money list by making the most of the absence of world number one Luke Donald at the WGC HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, China this week.

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The Northern Irishman needs to earn €1,302,823 ($1.78 million) to catch up to Luke Donald, who is on the path toward becoming the first golfer to win both the European and American money lists in the same year.

Though the position of Donald is threatened, he opted to stay home in Chicago instead of going to the tournament. The golfer and his wife are expecting a child in the next two weeks and he wants to stay with his family.

US Open winner McIlroy thinks that the absence of the US PGA money list champion and the possible prize purse of €842,217 might help him to end this season on a positive note and feels like he has a chance with the Dubai World Championship and the Hong Kong Open coming up.

McIlroy will be accompanied by world number one female tennis player Caroline Wozniacki who is also his girlfriend. It will be the first time when she will watch him play.