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McIlroy keen to make history in Hong Kong

Date: 2012-11-15

ONLY one golfer has successfully retained the Hong Kong Open title in 53 years. Rory McIlroy wants to be the second.

McIlroy holed a brilliant bunker shot on the last hole a year ago to win the title by two strokes, becoming the tournament's youngest winner at 22 after being runner-up in 2008 and 2009.

He first competed in Hong Kong at 16, when he fell in love with the tiny islands off mainland China.

"I first came here as a junior in the Faldo Series and players like Oliver Fisher and myself and a few others stayed at the golf club at Fanling and it was great fun and I've always really enjoyed the golf course," McIlroy said. "Then when it became a European Tour event I came back and stayed in the city on Hong Kong island and I've just really enjoyed the buzz and the atmosphere.

"It's here also that I have had some great experiences as a player, taking part in one of the best playoffs ever against Lin Wentang in 2009 and then I was able to finally put my name on the Hong Kong Open trophy last year.

"I wasn't feeling all that well on the Saturday and went into the final round three behind going into the last day but shot a 65 in holing a bunker shot at the last to beat Peter Hanson by two, so that was a nice way to finish it off. I would love to end my season by doing that again this year." (Source: Shanghai Daily)