Race to Dubai Preview
Posted at November 13, 2013
We take a look at the contenders for the 2013 Race to Dubai as the final tournament, the DP World Tour Championship, takes place this week!
The prestigious Race to Dubai, otherwise known as the European Tour money list, will finally come to an end later this week as the Jumeirah Golf Estates hosts the 46th and final tournament of the season. No short of nine golfers still stand a chance of being crowned the most successful golfer on the European Tour this year in terms of prize money, but it looks more than likely that one of the current top four; Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, will take the title of Race to Dubai champion, 2013.
The Race to Dubai, the rebranded European Tour 'Order of Merit', was introduced in the 2009 season and the short list of past winners prove that consistency is the key to victory with former world number ones McIlroy, Donald and Kaymer each claiming victory after Lee Westwood became the first ever champion. This year, Henrik Stenson will tee off at the DP World Tour Championship with a slender lead and aims to become the first ever golfer to take both the Race to Dubai and FedEx cup titles in the same year. Henrik Stenson, who wears the latest Hugo Boss golf collection, is a former resident of Dubai but will need to battle through a wrist injury which has hindered his Final Series campaign if he has any hope of capping off a fantastic 2013. With such a large prize pool on offer (almost €1 million for 1st place), only a victory on the Earth Course in Dubai will guarantee the title for the Swede this week!
Stenson's closest contenders come in the form of three experienced European Ryder Cup winners and each has shown some excellent form coming into the DP World Tour Championship. US Open Champion Justin Rose sits second with two top five finishes in his last two events, whilst Graeme McDowell is the final of the three players who can guarantee finishing top of the Race to Dubai with a win later this week. G-Mac will wear his own signature clothing collection at the DP World Tour Championship and despite good form, this former major winner has never finished in the top 10 on the Jumeirah Estates' Earth Course. The task ahead of McDowell is even more substantial having sat out the third of the four Final Series events in Turkey last week, a decision which may prove very costly!
As mentioned, any of the current top nine players on the Race to Dubai money list can still mathematically take the 2013 Harry Vardon trophy, but the only other realistic contender is fourth placed Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter. The Cobra Puma Golf athlete will certainly bring the style to the DP World Tour Championship this week and will need to perform at his very best and hope he can clinch victory from under the noses of his rivals. The build up and camaraderie amongst the players has already begun too, check out the mini-challenge set up by the European Tour in our video above! The DP World Tour Championship groups and tee times are now available and you can catch all of the action from the #DPWTC on Sky Sports from 8am this Thursday!