Friday 24 November 2017

Rory McIlroy leads Ryder Cup reunion in Hong Kong

Rory McIlroy. Photo: AP
Rory McIlroy. Photo: AP

Alastair Himmer

World number one Rory McIlroy will defend his Hong Kong Open title next month.

Fresh from their sensational comeback victory over the Americans in Medinah last month, fellow Ryder Cup players Paul Lawrie and Miguel Angel Jimenez will also take part, as will Europe's captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

The focus returns to the Race to Dubai for the quartet at the $2 million tournament from November 5-9.

"My record in the event isn't quite as good as I would like," said Lawrie. "But the way I've been playing this year I feel very confident of giving a good account of myself."

American Matt Kuchar, on the losing side in the most astonishing of Ryder Cup conclusions, is also set to tee it up at the event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

"I'm very excited about making my debut at the Hong Kong Open," said Kuchar, who won two out of three points for the US side in the Ryder Cup thriller.

"I look forward to finding out for myself what all the buzz is about.

"The strength of the field is impressive and Rory's record in the tournament is even more impressive," added the American, a four-times US PGA Tour winner.

"It's going to be tough to win my first European Tour title but I'm certainly going to give it my best shot."

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