Rory McIlroy to stay in Dubai to practice after finishing second at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy will spend next week working on his game in Dubai after finishing second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

“I’ll stay here, stay out in the Middle East and practice and get my game in shape for Dubai,” said Rory.

“It feels very good. I feel like it’s been a great week because I feel like there’s a couple of things to work on and hopefully that will make me perform even better in a couple of weeks time.”

The world number one carded a final round six under par 66 to finish the tournament on 18 under par, one shot behind surprise winner, Frenchman Gary Stal.

Playing in his first event of 2015 Rory was in superb form tee to green but admitted he struggled on the greens throughout the tournament.

“I think it’s going to be my fourth second here in the last five years,” said Rory.

“Yeah, I played well today. I left myself with too much to do after yesterday, and even the slow start today, when I felt like I played very well and wasn’t capitalising on my chances.

“But JP and I started to read the putts together from, I guess the eighth hole, and from there, I started to make a lot of birdies.

“So, yeah, I just didn’t quite have it on the greens this week, but luckily it came right at the end.”

Rory started the day eight shots behind the leader Martin Kaymer with little hope of challenging for the title but Kaymer’s unexpected collapse brought him back into the reckoning over the closing nine holes.

He added; “Going out today, my goal today was to finish second.

“I didn’t think I was going to get close to winning the golf tournament.

“I think Martin was ten ahead at one point. You think from there, there’s only one winner, but it just shows you, funny things can happen in this game.

“If you just sort of plug away and stay patient, your time will come I guess. But just a little too late for me today.

“I was told on the 15th tee that Martin had made triple [bogey] on 13.

“At thatpoint, I think I was a couple behind, and then I made birdie on 15 to go one behind.

“But obviously Gary made a couple of birdies at that point, as well.

“But for the last four or five holes, I felt like I had a little bit of a chance.”

Rory is skipping the Qatar Masters in Doha this week but will be back in action at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic starting on Jan 29.