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McIlroy Tour grip secure

GOLF: Rory McIlroy will be an interested spectator as the first event of the European Tour's Final Series gets under way in China today.

McIlroy holds a commanding lead of more than three million points over Sergio Garcia as he looks to win the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour money list titles for the second time in three years.

However, the world number one is missing both the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions events in Shanghai to prepare for a court case with his former management company, increasing the admittedly slim possibility of being overhauled by the likes of Garcia and current European number one Henrik Stenson.

Each event in the Final Series has a prize pool of 10 million points with 1,666,600 going to the winner, while McIlroy is guaranteed to earn at least the 27,170 points on offer for last place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Hamilton is still worried

F1: Lewis Hamilton has conceded to feeling far from comfortable as the battle for this year's Formula One world title heads into the home straight.

Four successive victories for the second time this season have catapulted Hamilton into a 17-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg going into the final three grands prix of the year.

The trio of races in the United States this weekend, Brazil and Abu Dhabi are crammed into the space of just four weekends, promising a frenetic finale. Asked whether he felt in control for the first time this season, as for the majority of the year he has been hunter rather than hunted, Hamilton replied: "No, I don't.

"It's a very positive feeling to have points and be finishing ahead of Nico, but history has shown this year a gap can never be enough."

Fed fightback

TENNIS: Roger Federer was made to fight all the way by local favorite Jeremy Chardy before reaching the third round of the Paris Masters, while Andy Murray moved one match away from qualifying for the ATP Finals.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion completed a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory at the Palais Omnisports to keep his challenge for the year-end No. 1 ranking well on track.