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.
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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.
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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.
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