McIlroy set to defend Hong Kong title

Updated: November 14, 2012

Rory McIlroy begins the defence of his UBS Hong Kong title full of confidence following his third place finish in Singapore on Sunday. The 23-year-old sealed the Race to Dubai at the weekend courtesy of a closing 65, becoming only the second man after Englishman Luke Donald to win both the European Tour and PGA Tour money titles in the same year.

During a fine season the Northern Irishman has also won his second Major at the PGA Championship in August and just weeks later was part of the European Ryder Cup team that snatched a dramatic victory at Medinah.

Further accolades have come this way when he was named winner of the PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy, with more surely to come as the season draws to a close.

Threats to McIlroy come from a trio of Major champions Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie and Y.E. Yang, four time PGA Tour winner Matt Kuchar and Matteo Manassero, fresh from winning the Singapore Open on Sunday.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal are also in the field for the tournament, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour.