Oct 5th, 2015

Race To Dubai heating Up

Just three more events for the GolfPunks to qualify...

The Race To Dubai Rankings

Just three more events for players to qualify... This week at the British Masters at Woburn, The Portugal Open and the Hong Kong Open. The Top 60 only will get in.

Players have to have played a minimum of 13 European Tour events to qualify. Unless your name is Rory McIlroy in which case you can just play 12 tournaments... This after European Tour Chief Keith Pelley decided there were 'special circumstances' surrounding McIlroy. Namely that he hurt himself playing football and missed some events.

Fair play, bend the rules to get the poster boy at the event but don't bother having rules in the first place? I don't see the same applying to Patrick Reed who's only played one less event than Rory?

Anyway, the interesting stuff is down the leader board a way: The players fighting to break into the Top 60, and the players trying to hang on to their place in the Top 60.

Race To Dubai heating Up"Whadyamean this isn't Woburn?"

A quick glance at numbers 55-87 illustrates how tight it all is. Robert Rock, in 82nd place needs a couple of good weeks to sneak in, as do major winners Ernie Els (79th), Y.E. Yang (77th) and Graeme McDowell (63rd). Thomas Aiken occupies 50th place but will have serious distractions next season as he has just gained his USPGA Tour Card.

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GolfPunk favourite Graeme Storm has had a solid burst of form lately and is five places outside the magic 60 going into the British Masters.

Big names such as Nicolas Colsaerts (99th), Robert Karlsson (100th), Padraig Harrington (127th) and Darren Clarke (137th) all need to win in the next two weeks to have any chance of making Dubai.

 

Race To Dubai heating Up

A bit of back story:

The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, will once again be the culmination of the four-tournament Final Series which, as in 2013 and 2014, will also feature the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.

Last year Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won The Race to Dubai for a second time, having first finished European Tour Number One in 2012, at the end of a magnificent season during which he won The Open, US PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event of the BMW PGA Championship and the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational.

Race To Dubai heating Up"So yeah, I'm kind of a big deal..."

He succeeded Henrik Stenson, who won title in 2013 and became the first man to win The European Tour's Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour in the same year.  McIlroy (2012), England's Luke Donald (2011), Germany’s Martin Kaymer (2010) and England's Lee Westwood (2009) have previously won The Race to Dubai.

From the curtain-raising Nedbank Golf Challenge in December across four continents through to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, The 2015 European Tour International Schedule presented 12 months of enthralling tournament action featuring 48 tournaments in 27 countries worldwide.
 

Gentlemen... start your engines

1

(1)

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland

9

3012000

2

(2)

Danny Willett

England

17

2706105

3

(3)

Louis Oosthuizen

South Africa

9

2559207

4

(4)

Justin Rose

England

11

2238276

5

(5)

Branden Grace

South Africa

14

2121956

6

(6)

Shane Lowry

Ireland

12

2107748

7

(7)

Bernd Wiesberger

Austria

19

1660556

8

(13)

Thongchai Jaidee

Thailand

20

1477477

9

(8)

Anirban Lahiri

India

16

1405099

10

(9)

Byeong-Hun An

South Korea

20

1265906

11

(10)

Henrik Stenson

Sweden

12

1177944

12

(11)

Martin Kaymer

Germany

16

1166819

13

(12)

Brooks Koepka

United States

10

1162108

14

(14)

Soren Kjeldsen

Denmark

24

1114482

15

(17)

Ross Fisher

England

19

1073566

16

(15)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Thailand

19

1053834

17

(16)

Marc Warren

Scotland

19

1044771

18

(18)

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Spain

18

1012474

19

(20)

James Morrison

England

25

1002273

20

(19)

George Coetzee

South Africa

19

980489

21

(21)

Tommy Fleetwood

England

22

961492

22

(22)

David Howell

England

24

949628

23

(24)

Charl Schwartzel

South Africa

13

906007

24

(23)

Andy Sullivan

England

21

886038

25

(25)

Alexander Noren

Sweden

13

838830

26

(26)

Sergio Garcia

Spain

12

837694

27

(27)

Luke Donald

England

9

757276

28

(28)

Thomas Pieters

Belgium

19

747766

29

(29)

Chris Wood

England

16

719013

30

(30)

Gary Stal

France

20

709729

31

(31)

Eddie Pepperell

England

19

701809

32

(32)

Lee Westwood

England

14

696442

33

(33)

Tyrrell Hatton

England

20

695796

34

(34)

Francesco Molinari

Italy

11

687810

35

(35)

Matthew Fitzpatrick

England

25

681640

36

(39)

Raphael Jacquelin

France

23

657380

37

(36)

Patrick Reed

United States

8

649133

38

(37)

Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Spain

21

645563

39

(38)

Pablo Larrazabal

Spain

18

641218

40

(41)

Joost Luiten

Netherlands

15

619527

41

(40)

Alexander Levy

France

21

614640

42

(42)

Richie Ramsay

Scotland

20

583394

43

(47)

Rikard Karlberg

Sweden

20

568075

44

(43)

Victor Dubuisson

France

16

538241

45

(44)

Ian Poulter

England

8

530896

46

(45)

Maximilian Kieffer

Germany

23

530506

47

(55)

Jamie Donaldson

Wales

15

528642

48

(46)

Emiliano Grillo

Argentina

15

515558

49

(49)

Lee Slattery

England

22

500256

50

(48)

Jaco Van Zyl

South Africa

19

496581

 

 

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