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, 1963-64.
''It's here also that I have had some great experiences as a player, taking part in one of the best playoffs ever against Lin...