DP World Tour Golf Championship Race to Dubai, the richest on the European tour, opened today at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Jumeirah Golf Estates is a part built luxury residential golf community that is located along Emirates Road, in Dubai. Each golf course is to have a different environmental theme – Fire, Earth, Water and Wind – and were designed by Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, Sergio García and Pete Dye respectively. The Norman designed Earth Course is the venue for the DP World Tour Championship.
Featuring a Championship Village, live music, a dedicated Kids Zone, Trick Shot shows and a host of food and beverage outlets, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy both on and off the fairways.
Here you some notes about the tournament.
There are 20 different countries represented among the 56 players competing: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United States and Wales.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is the oldest player at 49, Matteo Manassero the youngest at 20; Matteo Manassero is the youngest player and the youngest golfer to win a European Tour event.
The field is made up of 27 winners from the 2013 European Tour season; seven of those 27 are placed in the top ten of the Race of Dubai. The 3 players within the top ten yet to win are, the leader Henrik Stenson, fourth placed Ian Poulter and Thongchai Jaidee in seventh.
Two rookies have made it through: Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Peter Uihlein. Peter will become the first American to compete in the season-ending championship.
Star of the tournament is for sure Rory McIlroy the Northern Irish professional golfer from Holywood in County Down, who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. Rory is a former World Number One and a two-time major champion. He won the 2011 U.S. Open, setting a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-stroke victory.
The DP World Tour Championship is the final event of the season-long Race to Dubai where The European Tour’s top 60 golfers will battle it out on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, over 4-days for a share of the combined $11.75 million prize-money andThe Race to Dubai crown.