Rory McIlroy aims to be in world’s top five golfers
By: Sean O'Shea | Published Saturday, November 6, 2010, 9:25 AM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:54 PM
It's been a dazzling year for Irish golfers. Only a year ago Rory McIlroy
was hoping to end his second season as a professional at the top of the European Tour rankings. But now, just twelve months later, he's looking to close out 2010 by stepping into in the World's top five.
It's well witin his reach. There are now just 2.86 world ranking points separating Lee Westwood
at number one and U.S. Open
champion Graeme McDowell
at number ten.
“From fifth to ninth on the world rankings is just so close, so if I can get a couple of good results in my last few events this year, I could easily end the year as high as number five,” McIlroy told the press after carding a 71 on day one of the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai
“So, that's the goal and it also would be a great way to start the New Year being top five in the world. I ended last year at number nine and as this game is all about moving forward, that's why number five is the big target. From there, it's just over one point to No 1 but, for now, I'll settle for number five.”
As McIlroy aims to move higher up in the rankings, it turned out to be a somber day for himself, Padraig Harrington
and Graeme McDowell in the opening round of the $7 million event in China
McIlroy left himself six shots behind Ryder Cup
team-mate, Francesco Molinari, who now heads the event at seven-under-par.
“It always leaves a sour taste in your mouth to bogey the last, but I am definitely playing better than I have been for the last few weeks,” McIlroy told the press.
“There's a few positives to take from the round, I putted really well in taking only 27 putts. So, all in all a 71 is not too bad. It could have been a little better, but it also could have been worse.”