RORY McILROY is edging ever closer to taking the lead in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai order of merit.
He remains third behind Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey after tying for seventh in the Omega Swiss Masters. He has accumulated €1,726,927 so far this year and is €238,133 behind Casey and €255,128 adrift of Kaymer.
The German and the Englishman are on the injured list at present and so vulnerable to a late season challenge by McIlroy. However, instead of chasing a chunk of the €2m on offer in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne this week, Rory plays in the Kolon Bank Korean Open at the Woo Jeung Hills Golf Club near Seoul, which doesn’t count in the Race to Dubai.
The organisers of the second of five tournaments on the new OneAsia series have attracted the three most attractive young golfers in the world, McIlroy; the 17 year-old Japanese Ryo Ishikawa and the Korean born New Zealander Danny Lee.
Ishikawa won on the Japanese Tour as a 15 year-old amateur in 2007 and three more times in 2008, two while still 17. Lee became the youngest winner on the European Tour this year when he captured the Johnnie Walker Championship in Australia.
Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood head the Mercedes-Benz field where the Irish players in the field are Graeme McDowell, Peter Lawrie, Damien McGrane, Paul McGinley, Gareth Maybin,Darren Clarke, Gary Murphy, Michael Hoey and Shane Lowry.
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