- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

BELEK, TURKEY (AP) - Top-ranked Rory McIlroy will defend his Hong Kong Open title next month.

McIlroy, who had not been certain of playing in the Nov. 15-18 event, said Wednesday he would return.

He said “there had been a little doubt over Hong Kong. But now that it’s all sorted out with the sponsor and so on, I am going to defend my title.”

McIlroy, who wants to finish No. 1 on the European Tour, is also set to play the BMW Masters in Shanghai from Oct. 25-28 and the Singapore Open from Nov. 8-11 before the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

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