Posted November 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 play...
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