Hanson considers Singapore Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP)
Hanson beat McIlroy by a stroke at Shanghai on Sunday to move from seventh to second on the European Tour money list. The Swede is now $1,049,840 behind McIlroy with two confirmed events remaining — this week's $7 million HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China, this week and the season-ending Dubai World Championship beginning Nov. 22.
A second straight victory in China would see Hanson overtake McIlroy, who is taking the week off to support girlfriend Caroline Wozinacki at the WTA season-ending tennis event in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Hanson wants to give himself every opportunity to deny McIlroy the European No. 1 title and his now considering joining the 23-year old Northern Irishman in Singapore.
''Now that I am that much closer to Rory, I have to give myself every chance of winning the Race to Dubai,'' Hanson said late Sunday after his Shanghai win.
''I wasn't going to play the Singapore Open, as I was going to have that week off. But I will now sit down with my management team this week and consider whether I should now play in Singapore.
''The thing is that playing in Singapore could make the difference finishing my season first on the Race to Dubai.''