How can something be the best and the worst at the same time? Look no further than Rory McIlroy's Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions for the answer.
McIlroy carded seven birdies against just one bogey on Sunday in Shanghai for a final-round 66, catapulting him up the leaderboard and into a tie for 11th. The 66 was his best round of the week by two shots, but the T-11 finish is McIlroy's worst showing in five previous starts at the WGC-HSBC. Prior to Sunday, he'd never finished worse than sixth.
Coming off a tie for sixth place last week in Turkey, it was a chicken sandwich that got the better of McIlroy this week in Shanghai. McIlroy battled food poisoning earlier in the week, causing him to miss the Wednesday pro-am. Down 10 pounds before the tournament even started, McIlroy admitted to not being "100 percent" after a second-round 72.
"Hasn't been the best of weeks for me," McIlroy said, "but tried to make the most of it and I've had a good weekend. ... If I could take back that second round where I shot even par, even shoot something in the red numbers, that could have made a difference."
McIlroy is ranked first in the Race to Dubai, with Danny Willett (T-3) hot on his heels. McIlroy will skip next week's BMW Masters, not returning to action until the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. A top 25 finish for Willett at the BMW Masters would see him usurp the Northern Irishman at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings.