Nov 18th, 2015
Danny Willett stirs the pot
Ahead of final Race to Dubai event
Words: The Brigadier Photography: getty Images
Rory McIlroy has responded to suggestions that he was given unfair treatment for this weekend's European Tour finale, the DP World Tour Championship, by saying he would happily give away any winnings earned in Dubai.
McIlroy was involved in a tetchy conversation with Danny Willett over his eligibility for the £2.1 million jackpot should he stay top of the Race to Dubai standings after Sunday's finish.
The world No.3 was given special dispensation by new European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley to remain on the money list by playing only 12 events -- one fewer than the required 13 -- following a seven-week injury layoff due to his football induced injury.
Danny Willett said he had no complaints, but questioned his rival's decision not to play in last week's BMW Masters.
McIlroy commented: "That [allowing me to play] was the decision that the European Tour came to and obviously it's great for me that I'm able to be here and compete this week.”
"It's not about the bonus pool [money]; it's just about being able to compete here and play and try to win the Race to Dubai again. I'd gladly take the trophy and they can keep the money and do whatever they want with it. It's more about trying to win the Race to Dubai again."
Willett could have overtaken McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai standings had he finished lone 28th or higher in last week's BMW Masters, the third event of the Final Series.
Danny needed to finish 28th or higher in the BMW Masters, but a final round of 70 meant he finished tied for 28th with Alexander Levy and Peter Uilhein, which leaves him 1,613 points short of McIlroy's lead heading into the DP World Tour Championship.