Cape Town - World number five Rory McIlroy has not had the best season by
his lofty standards, but still has a few events to improve before a well-earned
The Northern Irishman broke a near 18 month winless streak
when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, which remains his only
silverware for the season. But McIlroy has been close, notching up three
"I'm in a much better place this year than I was this
time last year in terms of injury, and I've played very consistent golf,"
the 29-year-old told a pre-tournament press conference in Shanghai.
"Maybe haven't quite had the wins I've wanted but I
have three tournaments this year to try to add to that, so I'm excited for this
week and the next few weeks as well.”
McIlroy arrives in Shanghai for the WGC - HSBC Champions off
the back of some decent form, where he has earned four top seven finishes in
his last six starts.
In terms of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, McIlroy
admits he is under the cosh. The four-time major winner is currently fourth in
the standings, behind leader Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood and American
With the three-event Rolex Series to follow the WGC, a
couple good finishes could see McIlroy arrive at the finale in Dubai at the DP
World Tour Championship with a shot at the European number one.
"I feel like I need one win, maybe two, out of the next
three to have any sort of a chance,” he continued.
“I need to play some very, very good golf over these next
few weeks to at least have a chance. If I can go to Dubai with a mathematical
chance of winning, you know, you never know what can happen. I'm still open to
it, but I know it's a long shot."
The WGC- HSBC Champions tees off at the Sheshan
International on Thursday.