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Rory McIlroy has admitted he does not expect to retain his Race to Dubai crown this week, despite having an outside chance of denying Henrik Stenson. Alexander Mogilny Jersey . McIlroy heads into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship fourth in the standings behind Stenson, Danny Willett and the in-form Alex Noren, but a win could be enough to be crowned European No 1 for the third straight year if the top three struggle at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Rory McIlroy says hes more concerned about ending the year as the world number one, rather than winning the Race to Dubai title. However, the world No 2 would require Stenson to finish outside the top 45 in the elite 60-player field, with Willett not making the top five and Noren finishing lower than second. McIlroy pipped Willett to the overall title with a dramatic victory over Andy Sullivan in the event last year, but he has effectively ruled out his chances of overhauling Open champion Stenson, who is also a two-time champion in the event. Victory in the FedExCup capped an excellent PGA Tour season for McIlroy Mathematically I can win, but its not going to happen, said McIlroy, when asked about his Race to Dubai hopes. I wouldnt hold my breath. I think the three guys that are ahead of me are playing very good golf, especially the two Swedes, Henrik and Alex.Alex with what hes done over the past few weeks, Henrik has had a fantastic year, and so has Danny, obviously... I dont expect those guys to play badly this week. Im just concentrating on trying to win the golf tournament and if I can do that, Ill be very happy. Rory McIlroy needs an unlikely set of results to retain his Race to Dubai crown McIlroy did not help his cause by opting to pull out of the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month due to safety fears, but he reiterated that he was comfortable with that course of action.Im very happy with my decision, he added. Ive been here for the last couple of weeks and Ive done a bit of practice, enjoyed myself. So, no, no regrets at all. McIlroy believes Henrik Stenson will be crowned European No 1 McIlroy also insisted he was satisfied with his 2016 campaign overall, despite not managing to add to his four major titles, although he did claim the FedExCup for the first time after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Asked to rate his season, he said: Its been good, Ive won a couple of things that I hadnt won before. I won the Irish Open, which a huge thing personally for me. It mightnt be the biggest tournament in the world, but personally to me in my mind, it is one of the biggest I play all year.That was nice to be able to knock that off - and to win the FedExCup, as well, was big. That was something that I hadnt won before, and to win that, and in the fashion that I did, and winning two of the last three Play-off events over there, that was very satisfying. McIlroy with the Race To Dubai and DP World Tour Championship trophies last year My play in majors was disappointing, missing the cut at the US Open and the PGA. I had a top five at The Open but that was soon forgotten because of what Henrik and Phil did.But majors aside, I feel like its been a pretty good, consistent year. But going into next year, Id like to think that my performances in the majors are going to be better. Live European Tour Golf November 17, 2016, 8:00am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass McIlroys top priority this week is to regain the world No 1 ranking from Jason Day, which he will do if he emerges victorious over the Earth Course for the third time.Its a big incentive for me, said the 27-year-old. Its been a while since Ive been in that spot. I know if I win this tournament, Ill finish the year at world No 1. So its a big incentive for me to try and get that back, and it would be nice to have that little bit of momentum going into next year.Watch the DP World Tour Championship live on Sky Sports 4 HD from 8am on Thursday.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: R2D contenders/permutations Rory wants Christmas No 1 Shots of the week Golf live on Sky Sports 4 Christopher Tanev Jersey . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. Anders Nilsson Jersey .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. A look at whats happening all around the majors Monday:---MEET & GREETThe Chicago Cubs and Indians get to see each other during workouts at Progressive Field, a day before Cleveland hosts Game 1 of the World Series. Corey Kluber is set to pitch the opener for the Indians -- he started both games Cleveland played vs. the Cubs in spring training, giving up one run in eight innings. Cubs manager Joe Maddon hasnt yet announced his starter.AILINGThe Indians will see how second baseman Jason Kipnis is feeling as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. He was hurt last Wednesday as he celebrated with teammate Francisco Lindor after the final out of the AL Championship Series in Toronto. Manager Terry Francona says he expects Kipnis will be OK to play in Game 1.SWINGING BYCubs slugger Kyle Schwarber could play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, continuing his comeback from a knee injury that sidelined him most of this year. Bo Horvat Jersey. He hit a team-record five homers in nine playoff games last season. The Cubs could put him on their World Series roster. If healthy, the 23-year-old would be an imposing lefty-swinging DH against the Indians righty-dominant pitching staff.START HIM UPThe Indians are deciding whether injured starter Danny Salazar can pitch against the Cubs. The All-Star righty hasnt thrown in a game since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but hes made major progress in the past week. The 26-year-old was 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA, striking out 161 in 137 1/3 innings. 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