x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Golf round-up: Rory McIlroy wins Hong Kong Open

Northern Irishman gears up for Dubai showpiece event with win from behind as Lee Westwood claims glory in Netherlands.

Rory McIlroy blasts his out of the bunker on the 18th hole in Hong Kong.
Rory McIlroy blasts his out of the bunker on the 18th hole in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG // Rory McIlroy primed up for the Dubai World Championship as the Northern Irishman rallied to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes.

The 22 year old US Open winner from Northern Ireland, three strokes behind Alvaro Quiros entering the final round, holing out from a greenside bunker on the final hole for a five-under 65 and an overall 12-under 268 on the Fanling Course. He had five birdies in his bogey-free round.

France's Gregory Havret also closed with a 65 to finish second. Sweden's Peter Hanson had a 70 to finish third at 9 under. England's Ian Poulter, the 2010 winner, shot a 66 to tie for fourth at 8 under with Scotland's Richie Ramsay (66) and Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul (70).

Quiros, from Spain, had a 73 to tie for seventh at seven under.

Meanwhile, England's Lee Westwood, the world No 3, retained the Nedbank Golf Challenge title despite shooting a one-over-par 73 today.

A record third-round 62 helped him to a 15-under total of 273 - two strokes less than it took Swede Robert Karlsson to cover four rounds of the Gary Player Country Club.

Karlsson holed a tricky final-green par putt for a 68, the best round of a day when he, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and American Jason Dufner tried in vain to catch the Englishman who led by seven shots overnight.

Westwood opted for a conservative approach and after turning in 34 with birdies at the sixth and ninth holes, spoilt his inward nine with bogeys on the 12th and on the final two holes.

Luke Donald, the world No 1, failed once again to put together an eyecatching round, firing an even-par 72 to finish 10 shots behind the winner.