McIlroy confident of joining cast of champions

Wed 04 Nov 2015

McIlroy confident of joining cast of champions

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Shanghai, November 4: World number three Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is confident he will be able to tee it up in the opening round of the WGC – HSBC Champions despite being struck down with a bout of food poisoning.
McIlroy, who is due to join America duo Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson for the first two rounds at Sheshan International Golf Club, was forced to pull out of a photo stunt in central Shanghai on Tuesday.
He then tried to practise on Wednesday morning but subsequently withdrew from the pre-tournament Pro-Am due to ongoing abdominal pains.
Despite his illness, McIlroy is hopeful he will recover in time to continue his bid to clinch a third Race to Dubai crown in four years, having started the European Tour’s Final Series with a tied sixth place finish in last week’s Turkish Airlines Open.
“I was thinking of trying to play nine holes but I think that would do me more harm than good. It would be nice to see the golf course before tomorrow, but I’ve played it a few times. I didn’t play last year but I know the place well and JP has been out there, so it is better that I rest and get my energy up for tomorrow.
“I’ve played well here every time I have played here. I’ve not finished outside the top six, so it has been a really, really good tournament for me. I’ve not won it, but I’ve been close. Hopefully if I can get through the first couple of days and play ok, I’ll be feeling a lot better at the weekend and I can make a run at it," said McIlroy.
Also aiming for Shanghai success is Swede Henrik Stenson, who retains hope of reclaiming the Race to Dubai title he won in 2013, in between McIlroy’s two success, while India’s Anirban Lahiri and South African Branden Grace will be looking to turn their impressive showings in the Majors this year into a maiden World Golf Championship title.