DP World Tour Championship - Race to Dubai 2014
Posted at November 20, 2014
We preview the European Tour's final event of the year - the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai!
The DP World Tour Championship is staged as a glamorous, season-ending finale where the Race to Dubai winner will be crowned as champion of the European Tour. Enough prize money would usually be at stake in this final event of the season to give a handful of players a chance of winning both the event and the overall Race to Dubai, however the astronomical successes of Rory McIlroy this season means that this is no longer possible this weekend. McIlroy is the European Tour's Race to Dubai champion and will be crowned on Sunday, regardless of what happens this week.
A muted level of anticipation for the tournament this week was somewhat inevitable. However it would appear there is no lack of excitement for the world number one, such is the professionalism of the two-time 2014 major winner. Rory McIlroy was relaxed and bouyant with the media on Monday, claiming to be "still very motivated" to not only perform well, but also ensure that both trophies would be making their way home with the Northern Irishman. After an elongated absence through missing the first two events of the Final Series, Rory McIlroy showed up at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai with an itch to get back into competition. A first-round of six under par further indicate his intentions this week.
As a Nike Staff athlete, Rory took it upon himself to effectively 'launch' the Nike Lunar Control III golf shoes via his personal Instagram earlier in the week (above). He's wearing them on the course in Dubai, true enough, alongside Nike counterpart Thorbjorn Olesen (currently T3) and we would encourage you to keep a look out for our Lunar Control III review blog - coming very soon!
Henrik Stenson is another tour star who is widely expected to perform well this week in a bid to secure second position in the Race to Dubai. A first round of four-under par gives the Swede, a former Dubai resident, every chance of a successful title defence - which would also be the first of his career. Henrik wore the Paddy Pro 2 by Hugo Boss on Thursday, as seen below.
Lowry, Ramsay and Grillo make up the rest of the current top six, whilst Puma and G-Fore ambassador Jonas Blixt is continuing his great form and shot an impressive opening round of 70 to sit two below par. Several other leading names appear atop the DPWTC leaderboard after the first round, but can anyone really stop Rory winning once more?
Keep up to date with the very latest from the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai with our future DP World Tour Championship style blog coming soon!