Garcia hopeful McIlroy can be reeled in for money list title

Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:16pm EST
 
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia has called Rory McIlroy's year "extraordinary" but the Spaniard is clinging to the belief that he can prevent his Ryder Cup team mate from ending the season at the top of the European money list.

McIlroy has an almost unassailable lead after lifting the British Open and U.S. PGA Championship titles and winning the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

However, the Northern Irishman could still be caught if Garcia or Welshman Jamie Donaldson or German Marcel Siem won the last two tournaments -- this week's Turkish Airlines Open and next week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

"Maybe Rory deserves to be the Race to Dubai champion...but there's no doubt it's nice to be a part of it, to still have a little chance of winning it," the Spaniard told reporters on the eve of the $7 million event in Turkey.

"I think he did something quite extraordinary this season. It's obviously going to be very difficult, I'm going to need a couple of really good weeks but we'll try until it's over."

Garcia is third in the Race to Dubai standings, 90,000 euros behind Donaldson and a whopping three million euros adrift of world number one McIlroy, who is skipping Turkey before returning to the circuit for the DP World Tour Championship.

The Welshman has enjoyed a stellar campaign, winning the Czech Masters, recording six more top-five finishes and securing the point that ensured Europe retained the Ryder Cup.

"Whatever happens over the next two weeks it's been the best season of my career," said Donaldson. "It gives me great foundations to build on for next year.   Continued...

 
Team Europe golfers Rory McIlroy (L) and Sergio Garcia pose for a photograph with the Ryder Cup after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Toby Melville