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McIlroy aims for Korea Open Title
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy will be back at the Woo Jeong Country Hills Club in Cheonan today in an attempt to better his third place finish from his last visit to Korea in 2009, as he tees off in the Korea Kolon Open.

The biggest obstacle for the Northern Irish star will be defending champion and local hero Y.E. Yang, ranked at No. 43 in the world rankings and doubly dangerous in his own back yard.

McIlroy will also come up against strong challenges from other Korean, Australian and Chinese rivals at the OneAsia event.

The 22-year-old believes the course in South Chungcheong province, south of the capital Seoul, will be challenging and highlighted the importance for good “iron play this week considering the tough par threes we will have to play.”

The Korea Open is the first port of call on the McIlroy World Tour before he heads to China for the October 10-16 China Golf Challenge.

Two days later the 22-year-old will jet off to the Caribbean and the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda and then a trip across the Atlantic to be with girlfriend Carolina Wozniacki who is competing in the WTA season-final in Istanbul from October 25-30.

The epic concludes with a flurry of dates on the Asia continent.

Three mainland China dates - the Shanghai Masters, the Sheshan WGC-HSBC Champions, the World Cup at Hainan Island – are up before his year culminates in the Hong Kong Open, the Dubai World Championship and Asia’s Tour Championship in Bangkok in December.

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