Final Series kicks off as 2015 Race to Dubai approaches climax
With 44 events of the regular European Tour season completed, the highest ranked players now have four more tournaments to enjoy before the Race to Dubai is decided.
The Final Series begins in Turkey and 78 players will tee it up at the Maxx Royal Resort in Antalya at the Turkish Airlines Open. With 32 million Race to Dubai points available over the next month, there are still lots of opportunities for players to climb the rankings and take the coveted title.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open.
Your golf betting favourites
Any of the field of 78 in Turkey could make a giant leap up the European Tour rankings this weekend with 1,333,330 points on offer to the winner of the Turkish Airlines Open. With the next three Final Series tournaments also offering over a million points to the winner, the Race to Dubai can be won by any player who has an impressive end to the 2015 season.
Rory McIlroy is the current Race to Dubai Number One with a 271,214 point lead over Danny Willett despite the Irishman missing part of the summer through injury. It’s the world number three’s first appearance at this event and an excellent opportunity to stretch his lead at the top of the Tour rankings.
McIlroy’s form has been solid rather than spectacular since his return from injury although in this company he ought to go well at 9/2.
Shane Lowry currently sits fifth in the Race to Dubai after an excellent season and has enjoyed a terrific few months. He won his first WGC title at the Bridgestone in August and shot 13 under par for a second place finish at the British Masters on his last outing.
His two previous visits to this tournament have resulted in 44th and 25th place finishes but Lowry should be a contender this week at 15/1.
Andy Sullivan has enjoyed a superb 2015. The Englishman has won three times on the Tour this season and heads into the Final Series in excellent form having shot the year’s lowest combined score (261) to win the recent Portugal Masters.
In his only start at this event last year, Sullivan carded the lowest score of the weekend (133) to finish inside the top five and he can go well again this week at 21/1.
Some outsiders to consider
It’s not been the most impressive season for Ian Poulter but having impressed in Hong Kong last week – at least in the first three rounds – the Englishman returns to an event at which he has enjoyed a lot of recent success.
In the two editions of this event, Poulter is three shots better than anyone else with a total score of 35 under par and he has been inside the top five after each of his eight career rounds at the Maxx Royal Montgomerie course.
Poulter was in the top three in Hong Kong heading into the weekend and despite being just 48th in the Race to Dubai his previous excellent performances at this event could see him go well at 24/1.
Accuracy is not a huge factor at the Turkish Open as previous winners Brooks Koepka and Victor Dubuisson have proved. Both ranked outside the top 40 for driving accuracy despite winning the event and so there could be some success for big-hitters this weekend.
Thomas Pieters is averaging 304 yards off the tee this season and can boast three top tens and two wins in his last six starts on the European Tour. With four reachable par fives on the course the Belgian should have the game to suit the Maxx Royal and the 32/1 offers great value.
Last week we tipped young Lucas Bjerregard to go well in Hong Kong and the Dane duly obliged, finishing just a shot behind winner Justin Rose. At 48/1 it was a handsome each-way profit and the tall 24 year old can go well again this weekend.
With four top ten finishes in his last six Tour starts we’re happy to back him again at 51/1.
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