After this weekend’s D+D Real Czech Masters, there are nine more events on the PGA European Tour before the Race to Dubai concludes with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. This year’s event starts on November 18 at the Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The tournament was first held in 2009, where it was won by Lee Westwood. Last year’s champion was Matthew Fitzpatrick, and defending U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm won in 2017 and ’19.
There’s big money to win the tournament and the standings overall. The top 50 golfers on the Race to Dubai list get to play in the DP World Tour Championship, with $3 million of the $8 million purse going to the winner. The Race to Dubai standings winner after the event gets a $2 million bonus along with a 10-year exemption on the European Tour. The tournament winner receives a five-year exemption.
Morikawa shot to the top of the standings after winning The Open Championship in July and is at +250 to take home the title. He also went from 111th in the standings to second back in February when he won the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.
Rahm hasn’t played a qualifying event since The Open, where he finished third, but he is participating in the FedEx Cup playoffs over the next few weeks. He also logged a seventh-place finish at the Scottish Open the week prior to the Major in July. His biggest point gain was winning the U.S. Open in June.
Hatton won the first event of the year back in January—the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, also held in the United Arab Emirates. He had another strong performance in the Middle East with a sixth-place finish at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.
Rory McIlroy is also one of the favorites at +650, and he’s a three-time Race for Dubai champion, taking home the title in 2012 and back-to-back in 2014-15; he’s also won at Dubai twice (2012 and 2015).
Fitzpatrick is in 14th in the standings but has a good price at +2500 because he is the defending champion of the tournament.
Last year’s Race to Dubai champion, Lee Westwood, is in danger of missing the Dubai event, as he’s currently in 71st place. Westwood finished in second place behind Fitzpatrick in last season’s finale, making him the oldest Race for Dubai champion in history at 47 years, seven months, and 20 days.
Unlike the FedEx Cup championship, the winner of the final event won’t necessarily be the overall champion. The Tour Championship in the U.S. is structured with scoring bonuses going into the final event, whereas the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is a normal points-paying event but is limited to just the top-50 in the standings and the large purse keeps the field motivated to qualify.
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