Cape Town – Rori McIlroy did not give up hope of winning the fourth race in Dubai, as it aims to win two of the Rolec Series wins to finish the 2018 season.
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Northern Irishman reminds this this week Nedbank Golf Challenge ranked eighth in Race to Dubai, just under two million points behind leader Francesco Molinario.
"I'm excited to be back. I have a few days to look at the golf course, adjust to the altitude and figure out how far the ball goes." "I'm thrilled to be back and I'm looking forward to giving him the last pressure here and next week in Dubai," McIlroy said.
This means that even the winnings in the background would leave McIlroy short, if Molinari would finish second or link with others at the end of the DP Worl Tour season in Dubai.
"My point is I'm coming here with the goal, if I can join Frankie Molinari next week with this final group, that would be a good start. I can not look too far forward, but if I can do what I need to do this week , to skip several guys and to enter that last couple on Thursday, it would be a huge step towards the attempt, "McIlroy said.
Bearing this in mind, McIlroy has nothing to lose during the closing of the two-week season, and is looking for a big week at the Gari Plaier Countri Club.
The 29-year-old has not yet won the European Tour this season, but has five top players in his 11 appearances, including other Dubai Desert Classic, European PGA Championship and Open Championship.
"I need a big golf in the next two weeks, but we'll see what will happen this week, I feel like my game is pretty good. I did not play great in China, but for a week and only some sort of thinking about things. I'm going to start well this week, "said number 6.
"I played good golf, I played a boring golf, this year I played in six final groups and I did not win from any of these final groups. I think I played in the four final groups in the past two years are combined, so it's better. "
McIlroi approached the last SA Open season and was thrilled to be returning to African soil.
Sergio Garcia, the double winner of this prestigious tournament in 2001 and 2003, before becoming an officially sanctioned European Tour event, joined McIlroy in the star field.
Garcia is the most successful Rider Cup player of all time, after winning his 25th and a half point in the team's impressive Team Europe victory at the 2018 Rider Cup, with his latest appearance at the Gary Plaier Countri Club five years ago – up.
"It's always nice to return here to Africa, I've always had a lot of attention. I've always felt very, very loved, so it's good to go back to Sun City," Garcia said.
"It's extraordinary. Every time you can be the last champion in the tournament, it's an honor, and it's extraordinarily special and it's twice here at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, obviously something I'm very proud of."
The 38-year-old has since become the main champion after his significant victory at the Masters in 2017 and has set him the first time since winning the third title of the Valderrama Masters last month.
"Confidence is good, there is no doubt that this has been good in the last few months of the year. We hope to remain three tournaments, and we can have three decent weeks, finish at a high level and prepare for the next year," Garcia said.