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Dubai, UAE: Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin hailed the success of the company’s association with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open following a four-year extension of its title sponsorship which will take the partnership through to 2022.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, which is this year being held at the spectacular Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal from July 5-8, has gone from strength to strength since the world’s largest duty free operator took over its title sponsorship in 2015. From an initial prize fund of €2.5 million the purse now stands at USD$7,000,000 and last year the event was named as one of the eight prestigious Rolex Series tournaments on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
McLoughlin said: “We are happy to continue our association with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and are very pleased with how the tournament has grown over the past four years, thanks to the support of tournament host Rory McIlroy and his Foundation. Becoming part of the Rolex Series has been a great boost as well and the benefits our brand gains from the event’s media exposure is excellent.”
A star-studded field is set to descend on Ireland’s northernmost county where Spanish sensation Jon Rahm will set out to defend what was his maiden European Tour title and the victory that set the World Number Six on the path to becoming a global superstar. Rahm went on to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates and has this year added victory on homesoil at the Open de España as he looks to solidify a place in Thomas Bjørn’s European Ryder Cup team.
This year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will carry even more significance with Europe’s best players jostling for a place on Captain Bjørn’s team for the biennal showdown against the USA in Paris this September. Beginning with the first Rolex Series event of the season, last month’s BMW PGA Championship, Ryder Cup qualification points (Race to Dubai points and World Ranking points) have been multiplied by 1.5 rather than 1 and competition is sure to be fierce in County Donegal.
Source: European Tour
Branden Grace will enter this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai inside the top ten of the Race to Dubai after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.
The South African’s eighth career European Tour title saw him move from 34th to ninth place in the rankings with a season tally of 1,069,290 points.
With Justin Rose out of action in South Africa, a win for Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood would have seen him being crowned Europe’s Number One with a week to spare.
However Fleetwood’s tied tenth place finish means he extended his advantage over his resurgent fellow countryman Rose to just over 250,000 points going in to the last event of the season, which sees the top 60 players on Tour descend on the Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth course for the DP World Tour Championship from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.
Nick Tarratt, Director of the European Tour International Dubai office, said: “The Race to Dubai is set for a thrilling climax at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week with everything still to play for. The course is in fabulous condition and we’re excited to welcome the players to compete in what could be one of the most exciting editions of the DP World Tour Championship yet.”
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Tournament 44 of 47 in the 2017 Race to Dubai
October 24th, 2017 – Dubai, UAE: Sergio Garcia has closed the gap on Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings with a one shot victory at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
The win, which is his third of the season after his maiden Major championship triumph at the Masters Tournament and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, takes the Spaniard’s season points tally to 3,184,581, meaning he is now just under 800,000 points behind Race to Dubai leader Fleetwood.
He’ll be pushing for a few more strong finishes to further narrow the gap between him and Fleetwood before the top 60 players tee-off at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, which takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.
Source:DP World Tour Championship
A new line of prime properties has been built on Dubai’s famous Earth and Fire golf courses in Jumeriah Golf Estates. It is the latest development in the prestigious area, where the Earth course is the conclusion of the Race to Dubai series, which has recently been announced to run to 2020.
The new development, named Sienna Views, has 34 villas with prices starting at AED 6,100,000. They have four, five and six bedrooms, with 70% of the villas facing the Fire golf course. This premium location is expected to prove popular due to increased demand for luxury golf living in Dubai.
Despite the growth in real estate sales in Dubai in 2017 according to the land department, particularly with off-plan sales, Sienna Views is a new line of luxurious villas, catering for a gap in the market for ‘ready to move in’ properties, which are in high demand.
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Matthew Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2016 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, gave himself the perfect fillip as the countdown to the defence of his title at Jumeirah Golf Estates begins by claiming his fourth European Tour title in dramatic fashion at the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.
The23 year old, who won the Race to Dubai’s grand finale with a one-stroke victory over Tyrrell Hatton last year, had endured a relatively quiet season with just two top ten finishes to his name prior to arriving in Switzerland. But, after beating Australia’s Scott Hend at the third hole of a sudden-death play-off to win 450,000 points and move from 30th to 12th in the rankings, the Englishman is now in a strong position with ten tournaments including four big-money Rolex Series events culminating in the Dubai showpiece on the Earth course from November 16 – 19, still to play.
“I hope this win is a turning point for me,” said Fitzpatrick who has now won at least one European Tour title in each of his three seasons on Tour and finished fourth in his DP World Tour Championship debut in 2015 before last year’s victory. “It had been a bit of a disappointing season for me so far but this is my third year now on Tour with a win under my belt so I’m really happy with that and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to the DP World Tour Championship to defend my title and now that I’ve won, my confidence is higher than it has been all season. Hopefully I can keep this momentum heading into the final four events of the season and then be ready to put in a strong title defence at Jumeirah Golf Estates.”
Fitzpatrick started the final round four shots behind leader Hend but turned on the style with four birdies in an electric front nine of 32 before repeating the feat down the homeward stretch to match the 44 year old at 14 under par 266.
It looked like Hend, who also missed out on Omega European Masters glory in a play-off to Alex Noren last year, was headed for victory on the second repeat trip up the 18th but he missed a six-foot birdie putt to let Fitzpatrick back in.
Source: DP World Tour Championship
Haydn Porteous took a giant step forward to securing his place in the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, with his second European Tour victory at the D+D REAL Czech Masters.
The 23-year-old South African finished two shots ahead of England’s Lee Slattery after a thrilling final day at the Albatross Golf Resort to claim 166,660 points and jump from 105th to 61st spot in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings.
The win marks Porteous’s first win on Tour since his maiden triumph last season at the Joburg Open.
The result sees his season tally swell to 425,551 points, placing him in prime position to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.
“To get my second European Tour win under the belt just feels amazing,” said Porteous, who brought his good form to the Czech Republic after securing his first top ten finish of the season last week at the Made In Denmark.
“To start to feel as if I belong, it’s a big step in the right direction and I need to just carry on doing what I’m doing.
“I’m trying to get myself within the top 60 to get into the DP World Tour Championship and move up the Race to Dubai rankings. I’ll be working as hard as I can to get into the last stretch of big tournaments.Hopefully I can do that – I just have to take it one tournament at a time.”
Porteous came in to the final round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters two shots adrift of overnight leader Slattery but erased the deficit in a hurry as he birdied his first two holes of the day.
Source: DP World Tour Championship
DUBAI, UAE & LONDON, UK – 22 August 2017: Emirates and the European Tour have renewed their existing European Tour Agreement for four years until 2021. The new deal includes Emirates becoming an Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup. The 42nd edition of The Ryder Cup, scheduled to be held at Le Golf National in France in September 2018, will host 24 of the top golfers from Europe and the USA.
The agreement renewal means that Emirates will continue to be a sponsor for the existing nine European Tour events which culminate in the prestigious DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, these being the BMW PGA Championship, the Nordea Masters, the D+D Real Czech Masters, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, the Portugal Masters, the Italian Open, the Joburg Open, the South Africa Open Championship and the Nelson Mandela Championship.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “We’re pleased to announce our continued partnership with the European Tour. Golf is one of the world’s most popular sports and Emirates proudly links golfers and fans alike to top golfing events and destinations around the globe.
“As the Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup in France next year, we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the European Tour as well as engaging with millions of golf fans around the world.’’
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Emirates on the European Tour until 2021 and we also welcome them on board as an Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup.
“I have no doubt our continued partnership with such a well-established and iconic global brand, and one which has vast experience in the sports sponsorship market will be hugely beneficial not just to the European Tour but also to The Ryder Cup.”
Emirates currently supports nineteen events on the European Tour International Schedule, as well as the Race to Dubai. The 2017 European Tour will feature the ninth edition of the Race to Dubai, the winner of which will be crowned European Number One at the end of the season. The reigning Race to Dubai champion is Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, while other players to have held the honour include World Number Ones Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy.
Source:DP World Tour Championship