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Race to Dubai top spot is consolation for McIlroy

NORTHERN IRISH youngster Rory McIlroy will go into next weekend&rsquo;s season climax as the European Tour&rsquo;s leading player after finishing second in the Hong Kong Open.<br /><br />The 20-year-old&rsquo;s superb six-under-par round of 64 was not enough to prevent Frenchman Gregory Bourdy from taking the title at Fanling by two shots, on 19 under.<br /><br />But it did lift McIlroy to top spot in the Race to Dubai ahead of the year-ending showpiece event in the Middle East, after Lee Westwood slipped off his perch with a disappointing showing in Hong Kong.<br /><br />McIlroy, Westwood, Germany&rsquo;s Martin Kaymer and England&rsquo;s Ross Fisher are all in contention for the inaugural Race to Dubai &pound;900,000 first prize, but the <br />Ulsterman, who is playing on his second season on the tour, knows he is the man to beat.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s where I wanted to be at the start of the week,&rdquo; said McIlroy. &ldquo;I knew if I put in a good performance there was a good chance. I am No1 heading in and in pole position.&rdquo;<br /><br />McIlroy, who looked on course to catch Bourdy until a bogey at the 17th, added: &ldquo;I am a bit disappointed at the moment but I have the consolation of going back to the top of the Race to Dubai.&rdquo;<br />