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WHO KNOWS if Rory McIlroy is a student of history, but he has taken a leaf out of former French president Charles de Gaulle’s book in a philosophical take on being overtaken by Lee Westwood atop the European Tour money list: the battle may have been lost, but not the war.

With Westwood moving to fifth in the world rankings after his Portugal Masters victory on Sunday, McIlroy – now second in the Race to Dubai standings and 17th in the world – has pledged to make a real dog-fight of the quest to be crowned European kingpin come next month’s finale in the Dubai World Championship, which concludes the race to top the Order of Merit.

“I will be giving chase to Mr Westwood over the coming weeks, (and) as we are both playing exactly the same events, I can keep a close eye on him and see what he’s up to,” remarked McIlroy, who has decided to remain in Portugal for a few days practising before driving to the south of Spain for next week’s Volvo World Matchplay at Finca Cortesin.

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