European Tour reaches exciting climax in Dubai
It’s been a terrific season on the European Tour and with 47 events completed there is just one more tournament to go.
Seven players retain a chance of lifting this year’s Race to Dubai title and so there is lots to play for at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Rory McIlroy leads the way but Danny Willett is just 1,613 ranking points behind and with the likes of Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Shane Lowry also in contention it promises to be an exciting end to the Tour season.
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Having won the Race to Dubai title twice already, Rory McIlroy is in pole position to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the third time in four years. A win in Dubai would seal his position as Europe’s top golfer and the Northern Irishman is looking forward to the tournament.
“It’s always great to come back to Dubai,” said the world number three. A place where I’ve got a lot of great memories – going back six years, winning my first professional title to Dubai Desert Classic, winning a couple of Race to Dubai titles and winning the Dubai Desert Classic again this year, it’s always been a great place for me.
“If I go out and win the tournament, I win the overall thing no matter what anybody else does, and that’s a nice position to be in. Obviously that’s the main objective this week, and I feel like I’m playing well enough to do that.
“I’d love to be flying away from here on Monday morning with wrapping up The Race to Dubai; it would be a great way to finish the season and it would be very disappointing if that wasn’t the case.”
McIlroy is the 19/4 favourite.
Danny Willett missed the chance to overhaul McIlroy at the top of the rankings last week but a win at Jumeirah would secure the Race to Dubai title. The 28 year old Englishman has been in the top two ever since winning the season-opening Nedbank Golf Challenge and has pushed his more illustrious rival all the way this year.
The world number 21 has two top three finishes in his last six starts including an excellent T3 at the WGC-HSBC a fortnight ago. He is 34/1 to win the tournament and secure the Race to Dubai title.
Henrik Stenson has won the World Tour Championship in each of the last two years and can be backed at 6/1 while a top two finish for Justin Rose could see him finish the year as Europe’s top golfer, depending on other results. Rose is in excellent form with five consecutive top ten finishes and is 29/4 to win in Dubai.
A top two finish is also required for Branden Grace (21/1), Shane Lowry (41/1) and Louis Oosthuizen (33/1) for them to stand any chance of winning the Race to Dubai while BMW PGA champion Byeong-Hun An has to win the tournament at 29/1.
Some outsiders to consider
A few weeks ago we suggested that you follow Lucas Bjerregaard at the Hong Kong Open and the young Dane duly rewarded us with a handsome each-way profit. It has been an excellent end to the season for the 24 year old who finished T26 in Turkey and then T3 at last week’s BMW Masters, missing out on a play-off by just one shot.
Bjerregaard now has three top three finishes in his last eight starts and he arrives in Dubai on the back of four events in which he is a combined 60 under par. Five of the six winners of this event ranked inside the top ten in driving distance the week they won and Bjerregaard averages 304 yards off the tee this season.
Considering his current form he should go well on a course that will suit his style. Back him at 45/1.
Bernd Weisberger currently sits 9th in the European Tour rankings after a very solid season. The Austrian loves desert golf, having finished T6 in Abu Dhabi, 3rd in Qatar and T4 at the Dubai Desert Classic this season. He has also improved on each of his three visits to this tournament.
The 30 year old has a win and two second places on the Tour this year and has recorded an under par score in every tournament since the US PGA. He looks excellent each-way value at 43/1.
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