While Britain’s Luke Donald celebrates his success at the top of the PGA Tour money list, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are both going after fortunes of their own, competing for the biggest single winner’s cheque in the game at the Shanghai Masters.
McIlroy has plenty on his plate as he works. His recent decision to leave his long-time agent Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler in order to link up with Horizon Sports Management, combined with an astonishing amount of world-wide travelling in a short space of time, must add to his challenge.
He lost momentum at last week’s Grand Slam in Bermuda, dropping back from a share of the lead to finish third, and went to Shanghai via Turkey after a visit to tennis superstar girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.
If McIlroy has a lot to take on, Westwood’s chances must look brighter. He has already won his last three tournaments in Asia - the Indonesian Masters, Ballantine's Championship and China Golf Challenge.
He’s comfortable in on the continent, so much so that’s he’s called for a major tournament to be played here, and must be considered the favourite.
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