Sep 11

FITZPATRICK MAKES TIMELY RACE TO DUBAI MOVE WITH OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS VICTORY

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

Sep 04

PORTEOUS SOARS UP RACE TO DUBAI RANKING WITH THRILLING WIN AT D+D REAL CZECH MASTERS

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

Aug 31

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Aug 22

Emirates Becomes Official Partner of The 2018 Ryder Cup

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 

Aug 07

PIETERS, MCILROY BACK IN RACE TO DUBAI TOP TEN AFTER STRONG SHOWING AT WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL 

Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy are back inside the top ten of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai after both men secured top five finishes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

The 25-year-old Belgian came into the final round of the third World Golf Championships event of the season tied for the lead. However, a one over par 71 in the final round saw Pieters finish in lone fourth, a result which upped his points tally by 358,295 and took him from 12th to ninth in the Race to Dubai. He now has 1,411,835 points so far this season.

Meanwhile, McIlroy capped off a strong week with a closing round of one under par 69. The Northern Irishman’s tied-fifth place finish is enough to move him up one place from 11th to tenth in the rankings and advance his season points tally to 1,371,983.

They’ll both be looking forward to putting on a strong performance in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.
It was also a productive week for the 27-year-old Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, who finished tied-10th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to jump from 34th to 24th in the rankings and up his season points tally to 777,093.

Jun 13

FRITTELLI KEEPS HIS COOL TO WIN LYONESS OPEN AND MOVE TO 17TH IN RACE TO DUBAI

South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli held his nerve to claim his first European Tour title in the Lyoness Open powered by ORGANIC+, Austria, by a shot from England’s David Horsey, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and Mikko Korhonen of Finland.

The 27-year-old – a graduate from last season’s Challenge Tour – claimed 166,660 points for the win and moved from 25th to 17th position in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, with his place all but secured in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, after upping his season-tally to 656,848.

Nick Tarratt, Director of the European Tour International Dubai office, said: “We congratulate Dylan on his first European Tour win and look forward to hopefully welcoming him to Dubai in November.

“It is exciting to see another player from the 2016 Challenge Tour graduate so seamlessly to the European Tour. Dylan finished eighth in the 2016 Road to Oman Rankings having won the Rolex Trophy in August 2016 and accumulated 120,892 Road to Oman points in the season.

“He looks like following the likes of Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal), Nacho Elvira (Spain) and Brandon Stone (South Africa) as players who have progressed (all on the Challenge Tour in 2015) from the Challenge Tour to the top 60 on the Race to Dubai to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship in just one season.”

The Johannesburg man began the final day two shots off the lead, but birdied three of the first four holes and picked up another shot on the ninth to move to the top of the leaderboard.

Frittelli had a brief two-shot advantage after another birdie on the 11th, but that turned into a one-shot deficit when he bogeyed the 14th and compatriot Kruger followed an eagle on the 12th with birdies on the 15th and 16th.

England’s Richard McEvoy also birdied the 15th and 16th to reach 12 under, but drifted away after bogeying the last two holes to settle for fifth place, while Frittelli birdied the 16th to regain a share of top spot.

Kruger then bogeyed the 18th and after crucially saving par from over the 17th green, Frittelli produced a superb tee shot to the heart of the green on the last to set up a winning par.

Kruger, Korhonen and Horsey gained 74,570 points for their share of second place, with Kruger moving from 129th to 84th in the Race to Dubai, Korhonen progressing from 64th to 52nd and Horsey jumping from 97th to 71st.

England’s Richard McEvoy finished in fifth to win 42,400 points and move from 216th to 155th, while Sweden’s Johan Carlsson finished one shot behind in sixth place and claimed 35,000 points to move from 128th to 102nd.

Austria’s Sepp Straka, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and Holland’s Joost Luiten were all tied in seventh place and each gained 25,800 points. Bjerregaard moved from 98th to 92nd while Luiten solidified his place in 39th.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia remains at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings with 2,440,596 points with England’s Tommy Fleetwood in second with a season-tally of 1,910,514 points and Jon Rahm in third on 1,509,829.

Source: europeantour.com

Mar 08

Jumeirah Golf Estates take on affordable luxury

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Feb 14

ZANOTTI CLAIMS MAYBANK CHAMPIONSHIP WIN TO RISE TO SECOND IN RACE TO DUBAI

Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti moved to second in the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings after clinching the Maybank Championship in Malaysia with a one-shot victory over American David Lipsky in Kuala Lumpur. The 33-year-old gained 461,689 points as he edges closer to taking his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.

Zanotti, who twice qualified for the prestigious DP World Tour Championship in 2014 and 2015, played an impeccable round on Sunday, notching a nine-under-par 63 to win his second European Tour event. England’s Danny Willett let slip a three-shot lead to finish tied fifth.

Lipsky failed to birdie the last to force a play-off while Masters champion Willett was the only player in the top 29 to shoot an over-par round – one-over 73 – on the final round.

Lipsky had led by three shots with four to play but needed to birdie the last two holes after Zanotti, who started the day six off the lead, rolled in a 15-foot putt on the 18th to set the clubhouse target.

He picked up a shot on the 17th but was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-five last and had to settle for second, with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger a further shot back.

England’s James Morrison and Tommy Fleetwood were both tied 12th on nine under, with Morrison going around the Saujana Golf and Country Club course in 68.

Lipsky’s runner-up finish won him 307,790 points and moved from 24th to sixth in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Wiesberger took third place and thus gained 173,410 points, moving from 21st to ninth.

France’s Alexander Levy made a giant leap in the Race to Dubai rankings after finishing fourth in the leaderboard, moving from 128th to 24th after claiming 138,507 points.

Willett and Haoting Li of China shared fifth and in the process gained 107,204 each, with Willett moving from 40th to 19th while Li jumped 101 places to settle in 30th.

India’s Anirban Lahiri shared seventh with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera as each of them claimed 76,179 points. Lahiri moved from 94th to 36th while Lorenzo-Vera rose from 20th to 17th.

Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat surged in the Race to Dubai rankings after finishing tied-ninth, gaining 58,727 points which moved him from 119th to 48th.

France’s Gregory Havret’s 11th finish won him 50,970 points to catapult from 140th to 64th.

Morrison, Fleetwood and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee shared 12th and won 40,236 points each. Morrison moved from 73rd to 46th and Jaidee moved from 60th to 38th.

Top 10 Race to Dubai Rankings after the Maybank Championship

POSITION      NAME                                     COUNTRY                 POINTS

1 Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 566,717
2 Fabrizio ZANOTTI (PAR) 461,689
3 Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 436,151
4 David LIPSKY (USA) 429,136
5 Sergio GARCIA (ESP) 410,225
6 Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 372,806
7 Rafa CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 371,396
8 Henrik STENSON (SWE) 330,253
9 Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 315,779
10 Pablo LARRAZÁBAL (ESP) 310,471