This week’s DP World Tour Championship is the ending to what has been a protracted and arduous yr on the European Tour, and it is a sneaky intriguing residence of avid avid avid players searching for to protected what has historically been a adorned season-ending occasion. And whereas the sphere this yr shouldn’t be fairly as sturdy as widespread, there are nonetheless some good storylines heading to Dubai.
The COVID-19 pandemic has battered the European Tour’s schedule and created some chaos for prime avid avid avid players who usually play on the European Tour to shut out the yr. Closing yr, Jon Rahm cleaned up contained contained in the autumn and acquired this occasion together with the ultimate phrase season-long Race to Dubai. This yr, he is coming off a busy PGA Tour slate and chosen to sit down down down down down this one out. That is not unusual nor ought to it’s held in opposition to him.
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That void, although, has allowed avid avid avid players with out the resume of a Rahm or Rory McIlroy to face up and downside for this distinctive crown. Let’s attempt merely a few of these avid avid avid players and one completely fully fully totally different narratives to deal with up watch over on account of the European Tour concludes its season.
1. Bezuidenhout x3
South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout is searching for his third consecutive win following victories on the Alfred Dunhill Championship and South African Open over the earlier two weeks. It could virtually undoubtedly be a monumental climb contained contained within the rankings for anybody who began final yr exterior the one 500 on this planet and might finish this yr contained contained within the prime 25. He is nonetheless one totally different in a seemingly pretty a few line of South Africans who dwell between No. 20 and No. 50 on this planet for extended stretches, make noise at most vital championships and have completely collaborating — and pretty simple — swings.
2. Fleetwood’s redemption
It has not been a stellar yr for the 2017 champion of the Race to Dubai. After getting beat by Sungjae Im on the Honda Commonplace early contained contained within the yr, Tommy Fleetwood has additional missed cuts than prime 10s. Nonetheless, he comes into this week ranked second contained contained within the Race to Dubai and has a hazard to amend what is going on to virtually undoubtedly be his first winless season since 2016 and seize his second Race to Dubai victory contained contained in the remaining phrase 4 years.
three. Reed the favourite!
Patrick Reed, DP World Tour Championship (and Race to Dubai) favourite. He is each first contained contained within the Race to Dubai and the 9-1 favourite to win this week — and it is warranted, too. Reed has been tops on this residence strokes gained over the earlier three months by an infinite margin, in accordance with Knowledge Golf.
- Patrick Reed: 2.43 strokes gained
- Viktor Hovland: 2.02
- Tyrrell Hatton: 2.01
- Sungjae Im: 1.40
- Ian Poulter: 1.10
Solely the one 4 administration their very private future for the Race to Dubai, nonetheless tons of eventualities are nonetheless in play. If Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa or Lee Westwood win the DP World Tour Championship this weekend, furthermore they declare the Race to Dubai. If not, then totally completely completely fully fully totally different golfers will want these 4 to drop down a bit on the final word phrase phrase leaderboard to say the $2 million first prize for worthwhile the Race to Dubai (which is analogous on account of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour).
5. My choose
I am going with Collin Morikawa for only a few causes. The primary is solely the hilarity of Morikawa, who has not carried out a European Tour occasion this season — (exterior of the majors and WGCs — going to Dubai and swiping the championship there. His golf has not fairly been as tons as Morikawa requirements since his win on the PGA Championship, nonetheless he stays among the many many many many many many many 5 most attention-grabbing avid avid avid players contained contained in the residence and may fare exactly in his first attempt to win the season-ending Race to Dubai.