McIlroy leads golf money lists

Published Monday, 29 October 2012
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Rory McIlroy still leads both the European and PGA Tour money lists, despite being denied his fifth tournament win in Shanghai at the weekend.

McIlroy leads golf money lists
The Duel of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at Jinsha Lake Golf Club on Monday. (© Getty)

It was Sweden's Peter Hanson who took the BMW Masters title and the £720,000 prize money,

If Hanson wins this week's World Golf Championship in China then he will go above McIlroy in the European list.

Meanwhile, the Co Down golfer is keeping Tiger Woods off the world number one spot.

The sporting rivals took part in the Duel of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at Jinsha Lake Golf Club in Zhengzhou, China on Monday.

The 23-year-old outscored Woods for only the third time in 11 head-to-head clashes in China winning with a five-under-par 67 to the American's 68.

Speaking after the tournament, McIlroy said: "It was close the whole day. I had the better start, then Tiger started getting birdies on the back nine.

"I think it was pretty exciting for the fans and it would be great to compete more with Tiger like this - maybe down the home stretch in the majors.

"The growth of the game here has been huge even in the few years I've been visiting and I really hope that games like these can inspire some kids who want to play the game.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all if one of the next great players was to come from China. With it being an Olympic sport (from 2016), the interest is growing more and more."

Tiger Woods added: "We actually both played pretty decent golf.

"We left a lot of putts out there and we could have really shot some low numbers."

On McIlroy, he added: "Over the past few years it has been great to see his growth.

"We'd be excited about a rivalry, but we'd want it to last for 10 to 15 years."

Neither player is staying on in the country for this week's WC-HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.

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