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Bourdy wins after McIlroy charge

-19 G Bourdy (Fra) -17 R McIlroy (NI)-16 RJ Derksen (Ned), F Molinari (Ita)
-14 R Jacquelin (Fr), I Poulter (Eng) -13 P Lawrie (Ire)
Selected others: -12 S Dyson (Eng) -11 D Dixon (Eng) -10 D Clarke (NI)
-9 G McDowell (NI) -7 C Montgomerie (Sco) -1 L Westwood (Eng)

Gregor Bourdy
Bourdy hugs his caddie after clinching the Hong Kong Open title

France's Gregory Bourdy held off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes.

McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, carded a brilliant 64 after starting the final round five shots off the pace.

But a five at the 17th, the sole bogey on his card, cost him dear and a 17 under par finish was not quite enough.

He had the consolation, however, of moving above Lee Westwood in the tour money list ahead of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

"I played lovely, really, really well. I thought I needed a low one and went out with the mindset that if I went lower than 65 then I might have a chance but Gregory obviously played very well," said McIlroy.

"I am a bit disappointed at the moment but I have the consolation of going back to the top of the Race to Dubai.

"There is a lot that can go on next week but my goal this week was to win the Hong Kong Open and I have come up just short again, for the second year in a row. But I gave it my best shot and that is all I can do."

The win was Bourdy's third on the European Tour and had the added bonus of earning him a place in the field in Dubai.

"Dubai was a big objective and a big motivation. I need to win and I did it - it's great," said the 27-year-old from Bordeaux, who fired a 67 to finish on 19 under.

He sank four birdies during the final round, with his only mistake coming at the par-three 8th, a hole which also cost him shots on the first two days.

"I didn't look at the leaderboard until the 18th green so I didn't know McIlroy played well. I wanted to stay focused on my game," he added.

There was plenty of low-scoring on the final day with Italian Francesco Molinari, Bourdy's compatriot Raphael Jacquelin, and Ian Poulter and Simon Khan of England posting 64s.

Molinari shared third place with Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands on 16 under, with Poulter and Jacquelin sharing fifth place two strokes further back.

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy throws his ball to the crowd after completing his round of 64

But it was 20-year-old McIlroy who really lit up the course with an inspired run of three birdies and an eagle in six holes from the 11th.

He was clearly angry with himself after three-putting the penultimate hole but second place was still good enough to put him more than £110,000 ahead of Westwood in the money list.

Westwood finished well down the field after a closing 74 left him on one under.

"I hit some putts I thought were great putts going in and they broke the opposite way. Just a bit of a mystery," he commented.

"This week was just a bit of an off week. Nothing really went for me and couldn't get anything going."

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