Bourdy holds off McIlroy to win in Hong Kong

Gregory Bourdy celebrates with champagne from fellow french player Jean Lucquin on the 18th hole after winning the Hong Kong Open on Nov. 15.

HONG KONG – France’s Gregory Bourdy has survived a late challenge from Rory McIlroy to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes and secure a berth at the European Tour’s year-end championship in Dubai.

Bourdy had four birdies and a bogey in a 3-under 67 that gave him a 19-under 261 total and his third European Tour title. The win moved the Frenchman into the top 60 on the money list, qualifying him for Dubai.

McIlroy shot a 64 but faltered at the end. He was within one shot of Bourdy after an eagle on the 13th and birdies on Nos. 15-16, but missed a short putt on the 17th to fall two back.

The 20-year-old from Northern Ireland lost a playoff to Wen-Tang Lin in Hong Kong last year.

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen (68) and Italy’s Francesco Molinari (64) ied for third another stroke back.

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