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Gregory Bourdy wins title, Rory McIlroy tops money list

Frenchman Gregory Bourdy produced a three-under-par 67 to win the co-sanctioned Hong Kong Open by two strokes from Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

Overnight leader Bourdy finished on a 19-under-par total of 261 at Fanling for his third European Tour title and a cheque for 279,288 euros ($416,200).

It also booked his spot in next week’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.

McIlroy fired a 64 to finish runner-up for the second year running and overtake fellow Briton Lee Westwood at the top of the European money list.

The 20-year-old Northern Irishman took home 186,190 euros helped by a surge of three birdies and an eagle on the back nine was halted by a bogey on the 17th.

“I didn’t look at the leaderboard until the 18th green,” the 27-year-old Bourdy told reporters after his first European Tour win since Estoril in April last year.

“I didn’t know McIlroy was playing well. Dubai was a big motivation. I needed to win and I did. It’s my mother’s birthday today so I have everything!”

Westwood slumped to a 74 to complete an unhappy first appearance in Hong Kong as he finished in a tie for 54th and pocketed just 6,200 euros.

Bourdy began the day two shots ahead of Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen, who carded a 68 to finish in a share for third place at 16 under with Italy’s Francesco Molinari (64).

Britain’s Ian Poulter, who won the Singapore Open earlier this month, and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin both shot 64s for a share of fifth on 14 under.

Bourdy never looked seriously threatened until McIlroy, beaten in a playoff by Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang last year, ignited his round with a birdie at 12 and an eagle three on 13.

McIlroy’s late fireworks fizzled out with a three-putt on 17 but second place boosted his chances of scooping the $1.5 million bonus on offer for Europe’s number one in Dubai.

“It was a bit of an anxious putt on the 17th,” said McIlroy, who has now earned 2.53 million euros to Westwood’s 2.41 million for the season.

“I am a bit disappointed at the moment but I have the consolation of going back to the top of the Race to Dubai. It’s where I wanted to be going into the final tournament.”

The top 60 players in the European money list contest next week’s $7.5 million Dubai World Championship, which also offers an extra $7.5 million bonus pot for the leading 15.

Former European Ryder Cup hero Darren Clarke will miss out after a 67 left him in a tie for 11th on 10 under and 61st in the money list.

China’s Liang Wenchong scraped in, however, a closing 67 lifting him to 10 under and helping him climb to 57th place in the Race to Dubai.


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