McIlroy keen to add WGC-HSBC Champions title to collection

Rory McIlroy is keen to convert his impressive record at the WGC-HSBC Champions into a victory this week

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland attends a press conference following the Pro Am prior to the start of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on October 26, 2016 in Shanghai, China.

Oct 26, 2016: Rory McIlroy is keen to convert his impressive record at the WGC-HSBC Champions into a victory this week, as the Northern Irishman aims to extend his winning run in the World Golf Championships.

The four-time Major winner has recorded top six finishes in four of his five previous appearances in Shanghai, and has won a World Golf Championships tournament in each of the past two seasons – the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and last year’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play.

The strongest field to date will compete at Sheshan International Golf Club, with 40 of the world’s top 50 players teeing off at Sheshan International Golf Club tomorrow, and a third career WGC title would also boost McIlroy’s hopes of retaining his Race to Dubai crown.

“I’m excited to be here in Shanghai. I wanted to come in to these last few weeks of the season feeling fresh and ready to play some good golf, to give myself a chance of winning another Race to Dubai.

“It’s my sixth time in Shanghai and I’ve played well here but not quite well enough to win. Hopefully I can change that this week.

“I feel like I’m playing well enough and that I’ve showed enough good form around this golf course in the past to be confident that I can give myself a chance this week. Another WGC and another one of those Wedgewood trophies would be very nice”, said Rory McIlroy.

Meanwhile Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is looking to add another title to his collection after a fantastic summer that saw him win the 145th Open Championship and an Olympic silver medal.

“It’s been a great summer for me and I would like to get a good start here in Shanghai for the final couple of weeks.

“This is a great event and it’s gone from strength-to-strength over the years. It’s the biggest tournament in Asia and attracts a very strong field. I haven’t had super results here in the past, but I hope I can turn that around this week and be there on Sunday afternoon when it’s all going to be decided.”, said Stenson.

This year’s event is billed as “Return of the Superheroes”, with five golf stars revealing their individual superhero qualities at the tournament launch event. Taking the lead roles were: Open Champion Henrik “The Machine” Stenson, US Open winner Dustin “The Heat” Johnson, Rickie “Eagle Eye” Fowler, Bubba “The Magician” Watson and local hero Haotong “The Force” Li, who tied for seventh place at last year’s tournament.


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