As the European Tour moves into the last week of the season, the Race to Dubai is far from settled. With an incredible nine players still being able to win the crown this week at the DP World Tour Championship, fireworks and drama look inevitable at the Earth course.
The Race to Dubai is a season-long money list which determines who the best player on the European Tour are at the end of each year.
The Race to Dubai comes to an end in, you guessed it, Dubai, where the Tour Championship provides a fitting setting for the best players in Europe to end their seasons. The top 60 players on the Race to Dubai points list qualify for this tournament, making it one of the most elite fields in European golf.
Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thongchai Jaidee, Richard Sterne and Victor Dubuisson are all still in with a shout at the Race to Dubai title.
Hernik Stenson currently leads the Race to Dubai at 2,379,195 points. Rose is around 200,000 points behind Stenson with McDowell a further 100,000 behind Rose.
Last week's Turkish Airlines Open winner Dubuisson is the last man able to win the Race to Dubai, standing at 1,444,070 points, The other five men who can stake a claim at the Race to Dubai title are sandwiched between him and McDowell in the rankings.
There is a lot of money at stake for the DP World Tour Championship, giving players a chance to scoop the ultimate prize on offer this week, topping the European Tour. Seeing as every point is equivalent to a Euro, and the first prize is just under €1,000,000 this week, change is very possible at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings. Stenson is in pole position at the moment but even the slightest slip up by him this week would probably lead to him letting the title go.
There are hundred's of different scenarios that could lead to any of the nine players winning it all. If Stenson and Rose both finish outside the top five in the Tour Championship for example, then Jamie Donaldson would win the Race to Dubai title provided he won the Tour Championship. It's all rather complicated, but the players know that they need to perform this week if they hope to do well on a tricky Earth course and also in the final Race to Dubai rankings.
There will be no shortage of excitement this week, as one of the most elite fields in European golf do battle for the Tour Championship with the intriguing subplot of who is going to take the Race to Dubai spoils. There is lots of sport on this weekend, but come Sunday, this is one event that you wouldn't want to miss.
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