SHANGHAI – World number two Rory McIlroy said he is motivated to get back into the winner's circle at this week's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai to further his quest to reclaim golf's top ranking.
After securing a tied-third finish at the Zozo Championship in Japan last week, McIlroy will return to action on Thursday at Sheshan International Golf Club, playing alongside American Xander Schauffele and England's Justin Rose for the opening two rounds.
With world number one Brooks Koepka out of action with a knee strain, McIlroy knows a fourth title triumph of the year on Sunday could help him lay down a marker for next year.
“I want to get as many world ranking points as I possibly can and try to close that gap on the number one,” McIlroy, who has spent 95 weeks of his career ranked as the world's best, told reporters on Wednesday.
“I started this year maybe eighth or ninth in the world. If I play well the next few weeks, I'll have a great platform going into next year.”