Mcil­roy ea­ger to make his­tory at Hong Kong Open

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HONG KONG

Only one golfer has suc­cess­fully re­tained the Hong Kong Open ti­tle in 53 years. Rory McIl­roy wants to be the sec­ond.

McIl­roy drilled a bril­liant bunker shot on the last hole a year ago to win the ti­tle by two strokes, be­com­ing the tour­na­ment's youngest win­ner at 22 af­ter be­ing run­ner-up in 2008 and 2009. He first com­peted in Hong Kong at 16, when he got a glimpse of the area off main­land China.

''I first came here as a ju­nior in the Faldo Se­ries and play­ers like Oliver Fisher and my­self and a few oth­ers stayed at the golf club at Fan­ling and it was great fun and I've al­ways re­ally en­joyed the golf course,'' McIl­roy said. '' Then when it be­came a Euro­pean Tour event, I came back and stayed in the city on Hong Kong is­land and I've just re­ally en­joyed the buzz and the at­mos­phere.'' Only Tai­wan's Hsieh Yung-yo has won the event two years in a row, in 1963-64.

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