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Rory wins in Hong Kong

Rory McIlroy kept his hopes of winning the Race to Dubai alive as a closing 65 saw him claim a two-shot victory at the Hong Kong Open.

The 22-year-old sank five birdies in a bogey-free round at Hong Kong Golf Club, chipping in from a greenside bunker at the last to finish in style with a winning score of 12 under par and two ahead of playing partner Gregory Havret.

The victory means the US Open champion can overhaul Race to Dubai leader Luke Donald if he wins next week's Dubai World Championship and the Englishman finishes 10th or lower.

Havret also carded a 65 to end the tournament 10 under par, while Peter Hanson returned a 70 as the Swede finished third on nine-under. Ian Poulter (66), Richie Ramsey (66) and Pariya Junhasavasdikul (70) were tied for fourth on eight under par.

Having battled his way to a 70 on Saturday, a revitalised McIlroy quickly set about overhauling overnight leader Alvaro Quiros and a putt from around 12 feet brought the first birdie of the day at the second, but he was unable to capitalise on a number of subsequent chances over the front nine

A nice approach at the sixth was followed by a birdie putt that just slid past the hole and he then missed another makeable one at the par-three seventh.

A short birdie putt at the eighth also went begging but he finally took advantage at the ninth to move into a share of the lead on nine under par.

Another birdie at the 12th saw him move clear at the front and a two at the par-three 15th gave him a one-shot cushion over Havret heading down the last.

After driving into the left-hand rough, his second shot landed in the bunker just in front of the green. Havret, meanwhile, had found sand from the tee and was forced to lay-up.

His approach landed 20 feet from the flag but McIlroy rendered the Frenchman's putt academic after he incredibly holed his bunker shot for a birdie, a series of fist pumps showing his obvious delight.


From Belfast Telegraph