Rory McIlroy is aiming for a strong finish to the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren

Last Updated: 27/10/12 4:33pm

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Rory McIlroy: One stroke behind Peter Hanson heading into the final round

Rory McIlroy: One stroke behind Peter Hanson heading into the final round

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Rory McIlroy hopes a strong finish to the BMW Masters will crank up the pressure on his Race to Dubai rivals.

McIlroy is just one stroke behind leader Peter Hanson after carding a three-under 69 at the Lake Malaren course and a lofty final position will increase the Ulsterman's advantage at the top of the rankings.

The world No 1, who won the exhibition Shanghai Masters tournament on the same course last year, said: "It would mean a lot if I could successfully defend here at Lake Malaren, even though this year's event is now on the European Tour, so it would be nice to win for a second time.

"What also would be most pleasing is that I will come into these last few weeks of my year trying to wrap-up the Race to Dubai No. 1 title.

"I've put myself into contention this week and if I'm to finish this one off that would give me a nice lead going into my last three events.

"So that would be more pleasing than anything else as it would extend my lead over Justin (Rose) and Branden (Grace), so that when I do get to Dubai later next month I won't have to do much."

Meanwhile, Peter Hanson admits he will have to bring his very best form to the course in order to stop McIlroy winning for a fifth time this year.

"I have to bring my A-game to beat him - he looks very motivated, very focused," the Swede said.

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