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Nic Ladds 11th Nov 2009 - 12:05

McIlroy hunts UBS victory for a Race to Dubai

Although it will not be decided at this week's UBS Hong Kong Open, the Race to Dubai is only two tournaments away from declaring a season winner.

As Ireland's Rory McIlroy lines up as favourite for this week's UBS Hong Kong Open, the 'Race' could go down to the wire at next week's season ending Dubai World Championship.

The current Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood ( 10/1 second favourite for this week's event ) leads tournament favourite Rory McIlroy ( 8/1 ) by 52,321 euros in the money list and with both players taking to the Hong Kong Golf Club for this week's UBS event, a McIlroy victory would represent a great chance for the brilliant young Northern Irishman to get one step closer to the Harry Vardon Trophy.

Many will remember the young hopeful narrowly missing out on the UBS title this time last year in a play-off against Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang ( 40/1 ), so McIlroy is most definitely in with a major claim this week.

If McIlroy - 5/4 favourite to beat Wen-Chong Liang & Ian Poulter in his 1st round 3 ball - were to go on and complete a RtD victory at only his second attempt, this would see him second only to the great Seve Ballesteros as the youngest winner of the title.

"Winning this (UBS) event will take care of catching Lee so that's what I am focusing on, " McIlroy said.

"I will be keeping an eye on Lee's scores all week. There is not much between us now so any ground I can gain this week will be good to take into Dubai but winning will take care of that gap so that is my main focus"

If like last year, you think a play-off will again decide the winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open, odds of 12/5 are available on the 'yes' selection in our Play Off To Decide The Winner market.

Last week, McIlroy managed a fourth place finish in the HSBC Champions event carding an impressive final round of 63 and in doing so, leapfrogged Martin Kaymer in the Race.

With the class and consistency of the betting's top two, it's hard to imagine the UBS crown going anywhere but to one of these, and if Northern Ireland's 8/1 tournament favourite can win this week's event in Asia, a mouth watering conclusion awaits golf fans ahead of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

Race to Dubai leader board:

Position Player Number of events Euros
1 L Westwood 24 2,404,579
2 R McIlroy 23 2,352,259
3 M Kaymer 19 2,332,544
4 R Fisher 21 2,105,047
5 P Casey 14 2,014,063

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