Rory McIlroy's war of words with Danny Willett over Dubai appearance

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World No3 Rory McIlroy has hit back at claims he shouldn't be playing at this weekend’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The 2012 champion has been given a special exemption to compete after an ankle injury meant he failed to play the prerequisite 13 tournaments on this year’s European Tour. Some players are aggrieved at his inclusion, including Danny Willett, who is second behind the Northern Irishman in The Race to Dubai rankings. but McIlroy is unrepentant. AUDIO: Rory McIlroy “18 2nd story – Danny Willett PM Danny Willett is targeting a fairytale end to his 2015 at this weekend’s DP World Tour Championship. The Englishman is second on The Race to Dubai rankings after wins at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Omega European Masters over the past 11 months. Trailing leader and world No3 Rory McIlroy by just €1600, Willett has made his ambition clear.

Danny Willett

McIlroy is unrepentant though and points to the fact he is still top of the Race to Dubai rankings despite having played in less than half the events of some of his competitors.

Rory McIlroy

Listen to exclusive coverage of the DP World Tour Championship throughout the weekend on Dubai Eye 103.8, the official radio partner for the season-ending tournament.

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