Rory McIlroy eyes double success in Dubai at season-ending DP World Tour Championship | Golf News

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Rory McIlroy, DP World Tour leader: “I’m in a great position. It’s good to come in with not one, but two things on the line. I’m excited to start.” – Watch the DP World Tour Championship live Thursday from 5am on Sky Sports Golf

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Rory McIlroy currently tops the DP World Tour leaderboard

World No 1 Rory McIlroy is aiming for more success in Dubai as he aims to end a momentous 2022 with victory in the DP World Tour Championship.

Jumeirah Golf Estates has been a happy hunting ground for the Northern Irishman, who has already won two Earth Course victories and holds a slim 128.1 point advantage over Ryan Fox in the one-season DP World Tour Rankings .

McIlroy leads the race to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time, having topped the season standings in 2012, 2014 and 2015, with the four-time major winner looking to build on a run of dominating results and claim a fourth global. win of the year.

“I had success here and had good memories in Dubai in general,” McIlroy said in his pre-tournament press conference. “I won four times in this tournament and the Desert Classic. It’s a nice feeling to come back here and have a chance to win the title of the season.

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“It’s been a few years [since a last win in Dubai] but with my consistent play this year and obviously in the majors and some of the bigger events, I find myself in a great position. It’s good to come in with not one, but two things at stake. I can’t wait to get going.

“It would be a really nice way to end the year. It’s my last event of the season. I know some of the other guys will be playing in the Bahamas in a couple of weeks at Tiger’s event. I think the way I’ve been playing all year, I’ve been so consistent, especially the last six or seven months after Augusta.”

Rory McIlroy has only finished 12th in his nine DP World Tour starts this season

Rory McIlroy has only finished 12th in his nine DP World Tour starts this season

Who can still catch McIlroy?

Fox starts the week second in the standings after two wins and four second-place finishes in 2022, most recently at last week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, while US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick sits in third place as he is chasing a third victory at the DP World Tour Championship.

“I love this place,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s the best golf course I’ve played all year from a performance standpoint compared to any other golf course I’ve ever played on tour.

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“I love being back here. I have so many positive memories, and I just have the confidence, knowing that the shots I’ve hit here, and obviously won twice too, so it’s a place where I like to come.”

Six players head into the week with still a mathematical chance of overtaking McIlroy in the standings, with Tommy Fleetwood among those after ending his three-year winless drought with a successful title defense at Sun City on Sunday.

England's Tommy Fleetwood feels his game is almost back to his best as he heads to the season finale of the DP World Tour Championship after victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

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England’s Tommy Fleetwood feels his game is almost back to his best as he heads to the season finale of the DP World Tour Championship after victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

England’s Tommy Fleetwood feels his game is almost back to his best as he heads to the season finale of the DP World Tour Championship after victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

“I’ve been saying for a while that I feel like my game is on the right track and I’ve done a lot of good things,” Fleetwood said. “I rode it so much better and if there’s ever an example where you have to ride it well, it’s last week.”

Adrian Meronk and Viktor Hovland could also finish No. 1 in the DP World Tour standings with a win, with Shane Lowry also in contention following his BMW PGA Championship success in September.

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“It’s great to have this chance,” Lowry said. “To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure what to do. Obviously you come here and you just want to do well in the tournament, give yourself a chance on Sunday to win the tournament.

“If everything else goes the way I need it will be great too. It’s been a good year. I obviously don’t play too many events on the DP World Tour anymore. I play as much as I can, and be here giving me a chance to win, it’s pretty cool.”

Who will win the DP World Tour Championship? Watch throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday with the bands featured from 5am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 7am.

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