McIlroy leads the charge in Ryder Cup race
After his play-off victory over Xander Schauffele at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Rory McIlroy moved to the top of both the European and World Points lists in the race for Ryder Cup qualification.
The Northern Irishman fired three consecutive rounds of 67 to hold the 54-hole lead but was pegged back by Schauffele, who carded a final round of 66 to join McIlroy on 19 under par.
On their first trip back down the 18th hole, McIlroy came out on top after tapping in for birdie to secure his third WGC title and his first European Tour victory since 2016.
McIlroy is on course for a sixth-consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, as he looks to build on his 11-9-4 record in the biennial contest, sitting in first on the European Points list with 1,698.44 points.
Victor Perez continued his strong run of form with a T4 finish in his first World Golf Championships event, moving to second on the European Points list on 1,357.62 points.
The Frenchman, who secured his first European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October, is also currently third on the World Points list.
Danny Willett (1,313.09) and Bernd Wiesberger (1,296.02) round out the four qualification spots on the European Points list.
In fourth place, Jon Rahm (62.40) remains in the first qualification spot from the World Points list. Joining Matt Fitzpatrick (41.24), Rafa Cabrera Bello (31.89) and Matthew Southgate (30.00) in the qualification running is England’s Paul Waring.
The 34-year-old, also making his first appearance in a WGC event, finished in a share of eighth place at Sheshan International GC to move to seventh on the World Points list with 32.48 points.