Monday 11 December 2017

Willett has no problem with Rory's 'Race'

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett insists he has no issue with Rory McIlroy being given a special exemption to remain in the Race to Dubai, even though that could stop him from ending the season as European number one.

The ankle injury which forced McIlroy to sit out three tournaments this summer, including the defence of his British Open title at St Andrews, means he will not play the 13 events required to remain in the Race to Dubai, even though he currently leads the rankings.

However, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley cited ''exceptional circumstances'' in granting McIlroy permission to remain on the money list by playing 12 events as he tries to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the third time in four years.

McIlroy is therefore eligible for a share of the $5million bonus pool and it also affects the top 30 on the money list on November 15 who qualify for next year's British Open, the top 60 who make the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and the 110 players who keep their card for next season.

Willett would also be entitled to significant bonuses from his sponsors if he won the Race to Dubai, but is happy to try to wipe out his deficit of £214,071 on the course, starting with this week's British Masters at Woburn.

The 28-year-old said: "If he wins more money than me playing less events, so be it."

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