BMW Masters Shanghai 2013

Defending champion Peter Hanson of Sweden and last year’s runner-up Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland will again do battle for the BMW Masters Shanghai 2013 title from October 24-27 at Lake Malaren Golf Club, in Shanghai, China.

Rory McIlroy announced himself happy with his form after tying for second place at the Korea Open to set himself up for next week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai.

The former world number one has struggled for large parts of 2013, but at least has something to build on after closing with a 67 in Korea to end in a share of second place behind winner Kang Sung-hoon.

I feel like my game is in good shape going into the next few weeks and that’s a good thing.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy, who was left to rue a number of missed opportunities on the green, said: “A little frustrating, but I’m happy with how I hit it. I hit the ball really well off the tee and my iron play was very solid as well.

“I feel like my game is in good shape going into the next few weeks and that’s a good thing.

“If I keep giving myself all those birdie chances, sooner or later I’m going to start holing a few. I’ll work on my putting over the next couple of days and get ready for Shanghai.”

In 2012, a thrilling duel saw Hanson win the BMW Masters title, before declaring it was the most important victory of his career.

“Overcoming Rory McIlroy, one of the best golfers in the world, gave me an enormous confidence boost,” said Hanson.

“I know Rory is coming back this year and, like last year, he will be the crowd favourite. Rory, as well as several other top players, knows the course at Lake Malaren and it will be a great challenge to win again. But I am going back with confidence as the defending champion. I held Rory off last year and, if I play like I did in 2012, I believe I can do so again.”

As the World Number One at the time, high hopes were placed on McIlroy at last year’s tournament, but he missed out by one stroke.

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