McIlroy remains on track for Race to Dubai title


Rory McIlroy isn't topping the leaderboard at the DP World Tour Championship, but he is doing enough to remain in line for a successful defense of his Race to Dubai title.

McIlroy shot his second straight round of 4-under 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates, carding five birdies against a single dropped shot. At 8 under, he sits among a tie for fourth at the halfway point of the season finale, four shots behind leader Andy Sullivan.

"Eight under par is a good position going into the weekend and not too far off the lead," McIlroy said. "I'm happy with a couple days' work."

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Importantly for McIlroy, none of the three players ahead of him - Sullivan, Emiliano Grillo and Patrick Reed - have a mathematical chance to win the Race to Dubai. McIlroy currently sits two shots ahead of Danny Willett, his closest competitor in the season-long standings, and one shot clear of Justin Rose, who is third in the Race to Dubai and made up some ground with a Friday 66.

The standings, however, remain close. While Rose likely needs to win the event to claim the season-long title, Willett simply needs to beat McIlroy across 72 holes this week in Dubai to hoist the trophy for the first time.

Although McIlroy has a number of scenarios where he could win the Race to Dubai without winning this week's event, he would prefer to take care of business on the course and end a tumultuous season with a highlight.

"I'm treating it like a normal event because I'm just here to win," he said. "I know if I win, then everything else will take care of itself."