If Luke Donald finishes higher than ninth at this week’s Dubai World Challenge, he’ll not only wrap up the Race to Dubai title, but become the first player in history to hold both the PGA and European Tour order of merit titles simultaneously.
Should he prove slow to shake off the torpor induced by a month-long absence from the game, however, there remains one player capable of threatening his transatlantic hegemony.
Trailing by three shots at the start of the final round of the Hong Kong Open, Rory McIlroy shot a solid 65 to win by two to retain his No. 2 world ranking and keep the prospects of catching Luke Donald in the Race to Dubai. He also sealed the victory in style, holing out from the greenside bunker on 18 for birdie.