Danny Willett determined to chase down Rory McIlroy

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Danny Willett will play in the final three events of the European Tour season as he looks to claim top spot in the Race To Dubai rankings.

The Sheffield golfer sits second in the European rankings but slipped further from top spot after finishing tied for 11th at the Turkish Open last weekend.

European number one Rory McIlroy gained 128,171 points on Willett with his sixth placed finish, to stretch his advantage to 399,385 with three tournaments remaining.

Both men will compete at the WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai this week as they look to secure top spot.

And Willett remains determined to take the prize.

“I thinks it’s one of them where if you’re in the position we’re in, I’m probably finishing in the top five,” he said.

“Win one and that gets up that next level to how much everyone else kind of makes.

“My goal was to try and win one and if not, try to make a hell of a lot of money along the way and see if we can jump Rory.

“Obviously a lot can happen.

“It’s a strange one because not everyone’s playing every event and you’re not quite sure who is going to play.

“For us, it was just a case of us knowing we were going to play four of the Finals Series, we know we’re behind, try and knuckle down and have a good four weeks.”

Following the final tournament of the season, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Willett will defend his Nedbank Golf Challenge title in South Africa.