McIlroy happy to have fate in his own hands


Rory McIlroy is delighted to be in control of his Race to Dubai fate as he prepares for a final outing in 2015 at the DP World Tour Championship.

Four-time major winner McIlroy opted to sit out last week's BMW Masters in Shanghai, but nevertheless retained a slender advantage over Danny Willett at the top of the Race to Dubai standings as the Englishman finished in a tie for 28th at Lake Malaren Golf Club.

Addressing the media in Dubai on Tuesday ahead of the European Tour's season finale, McIlroy said: "I didn't quite think I'd be in this position coming into this event, especially after taking the week off last week, but a few of the guys didn't capitalise on that in China, thankfully, and I find myself in a position where it's totally in my hands.

"If I go out and win the tournament, I win the overall thing no matter what anyone else does and that's a nice position to be in.

"Obviously that's the main objective this week and I feel like I'm playing well enough to do that."

McIlroy has fond memories of this week's host city, having claimed two previous Race to Dubai titles - in 2012 and 2014 - and won the Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions, his first success at the event in 2009 representing his maiden professional win.

"It's always great to come back to Dubai," he added. "It would be nice to do the Dubai double this year and pick up the Race to Dubai title to go with it."

Having been sidelined by an ankle injury earlier in the season, McIlroy has received special dispensation to complete the Race to Dubai despite not playing the standard minimum number of events in a European Tour season.

Asked if he sympathised with a rival such as Willett, who has thus far played in twice as many events as McIlroy this year, the world number three offered a clear response.

"No. If I can win more money in 12 events than someone can win in 23, I don't see any reason why [anyone would feel hard done by]," McIlroy explained.

"That's the decision that the European Tour came to [in allowing me to play in Dubai] and obviously it's great for me that I'm able to be here and compete this week."