The 2014 Race to Dubai is already underway. This Golf European Tour is a season-long competition that, this year, consists of 49 tournaments in 26 countries in all five continents. The Tour’s International Schedule will once again conclude with the season ending at Jumeirah Golf Estates, UAE at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (from Thursday November 20-23), the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai. The sponsor of the event is DP World, a shipping company based in Dubai.
Sixty of today’s top golfers are participating in the Race to Dubai, a tournament that allows the leading 60 money winners to compete against each other for the winner’s check, a whopping $1.0 million, and aim at the bonus pool of money that goes to the top 10 golfers. The annual golf event, which offers more prize money than any other golf tournament in the world, was first held in 2009 and should be played at least through to the 2017 season.
As of this month, the 25-year old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy leads over his rivals in The Race to Dubai with his third win this summer; with four tournament wins under his belt already, he is said to be playing his best golf ever in the tourney, the media says. He appears to be the golfer to beat, and, at the moment, he seems unstoppable. He has already won the Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship in 2012 and now hopes to win the tournament this year.
With only a few months before the big golf event, will Sergio Garcia (ESP) or Thomas Björn (DEN), who are second and third respectively, be able to stop Rory McIlroy (NIR), the current leader of the Race to Dubai rankings?
Another European Tour player, Swede Henrik Stenson, defending DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai champion, is also someone to watch for on the golf course.
Other than those front-runners in the golf action, fans and spectators alike are following the events leading up to Dubai wanting to know who will have enough points to qualify for the season ending DP World Tour Championship.
The last golf event of the 2014 season in Dubai, undoubtedly, will host some of the strongest players in the game today and bring much excitement as it has for the past six years, Nick Tarratt, Director of The European Tour International Dubai Office, says.