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McIlroy regains lead in Race To Dubai standings

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is contending for the money list title in only his second full season.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is contending for the money list title in only his second full season.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rory McIlroy returns to top of Race To Dubai standings after finishing second in Hong Kong
  • Northern Irishman carded six-under-par 64 to finish runner-up for second year in a row
  • The 20-year-old overtook money list leader Lee Westwood, who tied for 54th
  • Frenchman Gregory Bourdy won by two shots to book place in season finale in Dubai
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(CNN) -- Rory McIlroy returned to the top of the Race To Dubai standings after a stunning final round saw him finish second at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman overtook Lee Westwood in the European Tour's money list as he had to settle for the runner-up spot at Fanling for the second year in a row, with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy winning by two shots this time.

The 20-year-old fired a six-under-par 64 after starting the final day five shots behind 54-hole leader Bourdy, and the finish could have been tighter had he not three-putted at 17 for a bogey after a run of three birdies and an eagle at the previous six holes.

McIlroy has a lead of 128,172 euros ($190,000) going into the final tournament of the season, the lucrative Dubai World Championship, in only his second full campaign on the tour.

"It is where I wanted to be going into the final tournament. It's where I wanted to be at the start of the week," he said.

"I knew if I put in a good performance there was a good chance. I am number one heading in and in pole position."

Westwood, the 2000 Order of Merit winner, finished tied for 54th in Hong Kong at one-under-par following a final-round 74, but can still take the overall title along with third-placed German Martin Kaymer and fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.

"It's in my hands regardless. The difference between first and second next week is more than the difference so if I win next week, I win the money list," he said.

I am number one heading in and in pole position
--Rory McIlroy

The 27-year-old Bourdy booked his place in next week's field with his third European Tour title, finishing on 19-under 261 after his closing 67.

He carded four birdies and a bogey at the eighth hole, and calmly parred the last five to cruise to victory.

"It is great. I had a fantastic week. It is my best golf week, it was my best golf day," he said. "I knew if I won I would go to Dubai, but first goal was to play well and win the Hong Kong Open. I have played well, won and I'm going to Dubai -- so I have everything."

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen tied for third with Italian Francesco Molinari, who matched McIlroy's 64 -- as did the duo tied for sixth, France's Raphael Jacquelin and Ian Poulter of England on 14-under.

Former Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke narrowly missed on qualifying for the inaugural Dubai showpiece despite finishing 11th on Sunday with a third consecutive 67.