Golf

McIlroy triumphs in Hong Kong

2011-12-04 12:19
Rory McIlroy (File)
Hong Kong - World No 2 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.

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 ($4 110 477) for the season to world No 1-ranked Donald's €3 856 394. The event in Dubai is worth just over €930 000 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 today.

The 22-year-old McIlroy had started the final round three-strokes behind overnight leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain but five birdies over the course, three coming while the pressure was building in the run-in to the clubhouse, ensured victory for a player who had finished runner-up here in both 2008 and 2009.

After finding the sand next to the 18th green with his approach shot, McIlory blasted up, out and into the hole to thunderous applause while pumping his fists in celebration.

He had earlier announced via Twitter that he had brushed off the ailment that had been bothering him all week thanks to "11.5 hours sleep and a 5km run" and he returned shortly after finishing his round to declare to his followers "Winner winner chicken dinner".

McIlroy had certainly been looking fragile over the first three days of this event - which is co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian Tours - but his stamina was never in doubt today and a birdie on the par-five second set him off in just the right mood.

France's Gregory Havret finished in second place on 10-under-par after a storming five-under 65 while Sweden's Peter Hanson was placed third on nine-under after closing with an even-par 70.

Quiros, who had led or shared the lead in the event for all three days coming into Sunday, faded with a three-over 74 to finish on seven under and joint-seventh.

Juvic Pagunsan's six-under for the tournament was enough for 10th place and sealed him the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the first time a player from the Philippines has won the title.

Final scores:

268 Rory McIlroy (Britain) 64 69 70 65

270 Gregory Havret (France) 72 69 66 65

271 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 68 68 65 70

272 Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Thailand) 70 65 67 70, Richie Ramsay (Britain) 68 66 72 66, Ian Poulter (Britain) 71 68 67 66

273 Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 64 69 67 73, Yang Yong-Eun (South Korea) 68 69 65 71, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 65 69 70 66

274 Juvic Pagunsan (Philippines) 68 70 68 68

275 Marcus Fraser (Australia) 68 69 69 70, Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 72 68 66 69, Jose Manuel Lara (Spain) 70 70 67 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 67 70 72 68

276 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 69 69 71 67, Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 72 68 71 65

277 Jason Knutzon (U.S.) 73 66 67 71, Scott Barr (Australia) 69 71 68 69, Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) 72 70 67 68, Liang Wenchong (China) 71 69 70 67

278 David Horsey (Britain) 64 72 69 73, Peter Karmis (South Africa) 72 68 66 72 , Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 69 69 69 71, Darren Beck (Australia) 66 71 72 69, John Daly (U.S.) 74 68 67 69, Danny Willett (Britain) 75 66 68 69, Kunal Bhasin (Australia) 68 73 69 68, David Drysdale (Britain) 73 69 68 68

279 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 70 65 70 74, Panuphol Pittayarat (Thailand) 69 65 73 72, Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand) 69 72 67 71, Ben Fox (U.S.) 70 70 69 70, Jyoti Randhawa (India) 70 70 70 69, Richard Bland (Britain) 72 69 70 68

280 Berry Henson (U.S.) 69 68 69 74, Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 71 70 69 70, Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 69 72 71 68, Danny Chia (Malaysia) 73 68 71 68

281 Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70 66 69 76, Chris Rodgers (Britain) 72 68 71 70, Gareth Maybin (Britain) 66 73 73 69

282 Keith Horne (South Africa) 71 69 68 73, Rhys Davies (Britain) 71 69 70 72, Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 72 67 71 72, Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain) 73 69 71 69

283 Paul Lawrie (Britain) 69 70 69 75, Martin Wiegele (Austria) 67 69 76 71, Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 72 67 73 71, Jason Hak (Hong Kong) 69 72 73 69, Colin Montgomerie (Britain) 73 69 74 67

284 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 72 71 70 73, Anthony Wall (Britain) 70 72 71 71

285 Gregory Bourdy (France) 73 69 68 75, Oliver Fisher (Britain) 68 74 71 72

286 David Howell (Britain) 69 70 71 76, Christian Cevaer (France) 69 72 72 73, Stephen Dodd (Britain) 70 68 75 73, Anirban Lahiri (India) 69 73 71 73, James Kamte (South Africa) 73 69 72 72, Kwanchai Tannin (Thailand) 70 72 72 72

289 Richard Green (Australia) 71 71 69 78

290 Scott Hend (Australia) 71 70 71 78, Michael Jonzon (Sweden) 73 71 77 71

291 Soren Hansen (Denmark) 72 69 74 76

292 Chawalit Plaphol (Thailand) 75 66 76 75

295 Ben Leong (Malaysia) 75 67 76 77

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