Rory McIlroy ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa

  • Rory McIlroy confident of challenging for the title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • The Northern Irishman needs at least one win to be in Race to Dubai contention
  • McIlroy has won the prize four times but is well behind leader Francesco Molinari

Rory McIlroy has not given up hope of winning a fourth Race to Dubai title despite facing a massive deficit to Open champion Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy is almost two million points behind Molinari and needs to win at least one of the remaining two events to overhaul the Italian, who enjoys a lead of just over one million points from Ryder Cup partner and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood.

McIlroy has twice won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai but has not played in this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge since 2009, when he was forced to withdraw after two rounds with a stomach virus.

Rory McIlroy ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa
Rory McIlroy ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa

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