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.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.
Syme donated his prize money to charity.
‘This is the life of a caddie…’
The Northern Irishman is ranked number one in the world.
Players entering the United States will face a 14-day quarantine period, while a strict testing regime will be in place at each tournament.
The experienced duo will be involved at Whistling Straits.
The world number 98 intends to split the 10,000 euros prize money between his own charity and a hospital in his native Rotterdam.