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DP World Tour Championship: 

The European Tour hosts the DP World Tour Championship, and the season-ending ‘Race to Dubai ‘Finale.

In what has been an eventful year, we have been lucky to see 23 events, since the Tour returned in July. With 15 of them being created from scratch.

Crucially, Europe’s leading golfers were able to ply their trade and eventually travel to; Austria, UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, South Africa and now the season finale in Dubai.

The European Tour deserves a huge amount of praise and applause for managing to complete the season, and it’s only right that we have a drama filled tournament where mathematically, 61 players of the 65 man field could finish as Europe’s Number One.

 

Current Standings

Currently, Patrick Reed leads the standings. The 30-year-old has had five T13 finishes in only seven starts this season, including victory at the WGC Mexico Championship and a T3 finish at the BMW PGA Championship.

Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, won the Race to Dubai in 2017 and currently sits just 460 points behind Reed. The 29-year-old has two runner-up finishes this season, with the most recent being at the Scottish Open.

 

Collin Morikawa makes up the third podium position. The American claimed his maiden Major title at the PGA Championship, and, despite playing only five events, sits just 550 points behind Reed.

Lee Westwood sits fourth in the rankings. The Englishman won this season’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships, and, in the process, became the first player to win a tournament in four separate decades, the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Westwood won the Race to Dubai in 2009, as well as the 2000 Order of Merit (the previous name of R2D).

Christiaan Bezuidenhout makes up the top five and will be the player to watch out for in Dubai. The South African has won his last two events, the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the South African Open. He will be looking to make it a hat trick of victories this week.

 

Top 30

  1. Patrick Reed – 2,427.7
  2. Tommy Fleetwood – 1,967
  3. Collin Morikawa -1,881.7
  4. Lee Westwood – 1,793.0
  5. Christiaan Bezuidenhout – 1,717.7
  6. Victor Perez – 1,713.9
  7. Aaron Rai – 1,688.2
  8. Louis Oosthuizen – 1,646.2
  9. Tyrrell Hatton – 1,453.0
  10. Lucas Herbert – 1,332.4
  11. Andy Sullivan – 1,279.7
  12. Paul Casey – 1,248.8
  13. Rasmus Højgaard- 1,218.4
  14. Erik Van Rooyen – 1,186.9
  15. Sungjae Im – 1,122.4
  16. Matthew Fitzpatrick – 1,110.2
  17. Rory McIlroy – 1,100.3
  18. Sami Välimäki – 1,088.7
  19. Thomas Detry – 1,084.5
  20. Jon Rahm – 1,053.7
  21. Renato Paratore – 1,045.1
  22. Robert MacIntyre – 921.8
  23. Sam Horsfield – 901.3
  24. Antoine Rozner – 898.5
  25. Jorge Campillo – 870.3
  26. Graeme McDowell – 865.0
  27. Martin Kaymer – 850.6
  28. Adrian Otaegui – 849.0
  29. Ian Poulter – 838.0
  30. Jon Catlin – 830.5

 

Players that will be missing

Rory McIlroy will be one of the notable absentees this year. The Northern Irishman has three Top 10 finishes on the European Tour, with his latest result a T5 finish at The Masters.

The 31-year-old has won the Race to Dubai three times (2012, 2014 & 2015) but will be missing from the finale for the first time since the competition started in 2009.

 

Defending Champion, Jon Rahm will also be missing from the event this year. The Spaniard has won the DP World Tour Championship twice (2017 & 2019) but won’t be making the trip to Dubai to defend his title.

Disappointingly Englishmen Paul Casey and Justin Rose won’t be featuring at this week’s event either.

Casey has had yet another consistent season, finishing runner-up at the PGA Championship. Whilst Rose has picked up his form of late, with two Top 25 finishes in his last two starts. Rose won this event previously in 2007, when it was the European Tour Order of Merit.

 

Tee Times

7.15 Matthieu Pavon

7.25 Joost Luiten, Garrick Higgo

7.35 Shaun Norris, Scott Jamieson

7.45 Grant Forrest, Connor Syme

7.55 Benjamin Hebert, Wil Besseling

8.05 Eddie Pepperell, Jamie Donaldson

8.15 Marcus Kinhult, Justin Harding

8.25 Sean Crocker, Jordan Smith

8.35 Wilco Nienaber, Adria Arnaus

8.45 Ross Fisher, Bernd Wiesberger

8.55 Marcus Armitage, Marc Warren

9.10 Branden Grace, Dean Burmester

9.20 Callum Shinkwin, Kalle Samooja

9.30 Thomas Pieters, Laurie Canter

9.40 Robert Rock, Gavin Green

9.50 Joachim B Hansen, Masahiro Kawamura

10.00 Jazz Janewattananond, George Coetzee

10.10 Henrik Stenson, Matt Wallace

10.20 Brandon Stone, Tom Lewis

10.30 Pablo Larrazabal, John Catlin

10.40 Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui

10.50 Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell

11.05 Jorge Campillo, Antoine Rozner

11.15 Danny Willett, Sam Horsfield

11.25 Robert McIntyre, Renato Paratore

11.35 Thomas Detry, Sami Välimäki

11.45 Viktor Hovland, Matthew Fitzpatrick

11.55 Sungjae Im, Erik Van Rooyen

12.05 Rasmus Højgaard, Andy Sullivan

12.15 Tyrrell Hatton, Aaron Rai

12.25 Victor Perez, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

12.35 Lee Westwood, Collin Morikawa

12.45 Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed

 

 

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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