Leaving Hong Kong Golf Club on Sunday without seeing his name emblazoned on the honours' board at Fanling would be a third consecutive bitter pill for Rory McIlroy to swallow - although the Ulsterman is determined to set the record straight this week. McIlroy, 21, returns to the UBS Hong Kong Open after back-to-back second-place finishes in the tournament, while also dealing with the added pressure of battling Lee Westwood for the European number one crown last year. McIlroy lost out to Frenchman Gregory Bourdy last year after being upstaged by Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang in the thrilling play-off of 2008. 'I have great memories of Hong Kong even though I haven't won. I don't need to do much different to win the trophy, I just need a couple of things to go my way and if that happens I have a good chance,' said McIlroy, who posted four sub-70 rounds last year but still missed out by two strokes to surprise winner Bourdy. 'I am trying to pick and choose my events where I am happy and all year Hong Kong has been one of the tournaments that I have targeted to try to win, having been so close. I would love to get my name on that trophy and see it on the board when you walk into Fanling,' said McIlroy. 'I'm still not feeling 100 per cent. I felt terrible on the last day in Shanghai then I had to fly to Singapore for a company day. That was pretty tough. Then I got home and felt rundown, and went to the doctor ... I have been on antibiotics for a week. I feel a lot better, about 85 to 90 per cent.' Taking into account McIlroy's superb consistency in Hong Kong and the form of Ryder Cup-winning teammate and US Open champion Graeme McDowell, who finished third in the Singapore Open, a Sunday showdown between the two close friends is an intriguing and real possibility. 'Myself and Graeme are always competitive. He has just gone above me in the world rankings and I don't like that at all. That's one thing I want to change,' the world number 10 said. 'We have never been head-to-head in a tournament before. We have played together before, but on the last day it would be a bit different. We would still talk but there would be a bit of an edge to it, especially for him because he is trying to win the Race to Dubai, while I am just trying to get into the top five by the end of the season.' For McDowell, Hong Kong is key to his bid to become European number one with just next week's season-ending Dubai World Championship remaining. And with Order of Merit leader Martin Kaymer not playing in Hong Kong, world number nine McDowell has the chance to close the gap further after finishing ahead of the German in Singapore. 'This is a very important week. Martin's not playing and it's a golf course where I have performed pretty well in the past,' said McDowell, who boasts top 20 finishes in his past three visits to Hong Kong, with a best of sixth in 2007. 'It's important that I get as close as I can going into Dubai next week.'