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McIlroy hoping for third-time lucky as he heads to Hong Kong

| 17.11.2010

Rory McIlroy enjoys the Hong Kong Golf Club, the Ulsterman has finished second there on his previous two visits to the club.

But McIlroy will be hoping its third time lucky as he searches for his first European Tour win of the season and the young prodigy is co-favourite with fellow countryman Graeme McDowell at 8/1 in the European Tour betting.

It’s fair to say that I have some unfinished business in Hong Kong,” said McIlroy. “I won’t rest until I have the UBS Hong Kong Open title in my bag.”

But McIlroy is backing his friend and co-favourite McDowell to overturn the €367,600 deficit that Martin Kaymer holds over McDowell in the Race to Dubai. – McDowell is 5/1 to win the Race to Dubai while Kaymer is 1/9.

Kaymer isn’t involved in Hong Kong this week as the world number two rests in preparation for the season finale in Dubai next week, leaving McDowell with the opportunity to close the gap.

With €301,446 heading into the winners pocket in Hong Kong this week, McDowell can’t overtake Kaymer with a win, but the win would set-up a tremendous climax in Dubai.

Ian Poulter joins his Ryder Cup team-mates in Hong Kong and after his T6 finish in Singapore last week, the Englisman is 10/1 to win the UBS Hong Kong Open.

It seems every week Matteo Manassero has a solid chance of a strong finish, but after his 69 in the final round following a disappointing 76 in the third round in Singapore last week, the young Italian will be full of confidence and is 33/1 to win in Hong Kong.

Further down the European Tour betting, Pablo Larrazabal finished T4 in Hong Kong last year and started strongly in Singapore last week before his two final rounds got the better of him – the Spaniard is 100/1 to win this week

Johan Edfors is 40/1 to win the UBS Hong Kong Open. See the latest UBS Hong Kong Open betting odds here.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.