World number one Rory McIlroy has his sights firmly set on winning the money list on both major tours as he links up with most of his fellow European Ryder Cup heroes at this week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai.
For the first time since they stunned the United States in Medinah last month,McIlroy has joined 10 of his 12 Ryder Cup-winning team mates at the Lake Malaren course,although personal ambitions have now taken centre stage. Ive got a big run left in my year with four tournaments in the next five weeks,so I would like to finish off the season as well as I can, the Northern Irishman,who tops the U.S PGA Tour money list,told reporters on Tuesday after enjoying a week off.
I have finished second in Europes Race to Dubai two of the last three years so it would be good to knock that off and try and do what Luke (Donald) did last year and win the money list on both Tours. Ive got Justin (Rose) and Branden (Grace) right behind me and there is still some big-money events still to play, so Ive four events left and if I do play well in those four events hopefully I can achieve that goal.
Both Rose and Grace,along with the next seven on the money list,could go ahead of leader McIlroy if successful in capturing this week’s $1.2million cheque for first place.
McIlroy will renew his rivalry with Woods next Monday in the Duel at Lake Jinsha in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Ive spoken to Tiger about it and we are both really excited as it will be the first time we will ever do something like this together,and hopefully the first of a few occasions we can do this, McIlroy said.
I see it also as a good marketing exercise for Tiger and myself. We both enjoy each others company.