Rory McIlroy is extremely excited to be back in South Africa and desperately wants to win a tournament in the rainbow nation, a feat he is yet to achieve.
Despite having competed in numerous tournaments in South African, McIlroy is yet to get over the line and win one.
The closest he came was at last season’s BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni where he lost in a play-off to England’s Graeme Storm at Glendower Golf Club.
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This week, the Northern Irishman tees it up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by the Gary Player Country Club, and has revealed he wants to get the monkey off his back.
“I have very fond memories of the SA Open at Glendower,” he said.
“It was one of the coolest weeks I’ve had on Tour with just the scenes and the play-off and the crowds coming up 18.
“I came obviously very close to a win that week and didn’t quite get it done.
“It would be nice to get a win down here finally.”
McIlroy needs a win if he is to have any realistic chance of lifting the Race to Dubai title.
He is currently in eighth place in the Race to Dubai rankings, just under two million points behind leader Francesco Molinari.
That means even back-to-back victories would leave McIlroy short should Molinari finish second on his own or tied with one other at next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
McIlroy’s challenge at the Gary Player Country Club starts at 10:51 (local time) on Thursday.
As he prepares to face Phil Mickelson in a head-to-head pay-per-view battle in Las Vegas, Tiger Woods couldn’t resist having a dig.
Being crowned Race to Dubai champion was just the icing on the cake of the most incredible golfing year of Francesco Molinari’s life.
Danny Willett admitted he was delighted with the way he managed to keep his calm and composure down the stretch to hold on for victory at the DP World Tour Championship.
An emotional Charles Howell III overcame a disastrous start to win his first PGA Tour tournament in nearly 12 years at the RSM Classic.
Lexi Thompson cruised to victory in the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, while Ariya Jutanugarn claimed the Race to the CME Globe.
Danny Willett produced a high-quality finish to earn his first title for two-and-a-half years with a two-shot triumph at the DP World Tour Championship.
Charles Howell III remains on course for a first PGA Tour victory in over a decade, but his job just got a whole lot harder.
Lexi Thompson remains on course for a maiden CME Group Tour Championship crown after holding on to her three-shot lead on Saturday.
The 2018 European Tour season is set for a grandstand finish on Sunday, with a whole host of players sin with a chance of victory in Dubai.