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

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
Jan 31

WANG JUMPS TO SECOND IN RACE TO DUBAI AFTER PLAY-OFF WIN IN QATAR

Jeunghun Wang’s dramatic three-way play-off victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters propelled the 21-year-old from 40th to second in the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings after claiming 398,657 points to increase his season tally to 436,151.

The Korean made his debut in last year’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, finishing tied 17th before being named European Tour Rookie of the Year having secured back to back victories in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the Trophée Hassan II and his victory in Qatar puts him firmly on course for a return to the event, open only to the top 60 ranked players, this November.

In windy conditions overnight leader Wang carded a one-under 71 at the Doha Golf Club which meant the tournament was to be decided in a play-off against South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren. Wang sunk a birdie on the first extra hole to clinch the title.

“We congratulate Jeunghun Wang on a terrific performance in Doha,” said Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour International Dubai Office. “He’s proven himself to be one of the fastest rising young stars on the European Tour and we hope to welcome him back to Jumeirah Golf Estates later this year.

Van Zyl and Lagergren each won 203,063 points after sharing second, which helped Lagergren climb to 10th in the Race to Dubai ranking while Van Zyl moved from 38th to sixth.

Aiken shared fourth with Lorenzo-Vera as they each gained 108,015, with Aiken rising from 12th to ninth and Lorenzo Vera catapulted into 10th.

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello finished tied-sixth with compatriot Nacho Elvira and England’s Jordan Smith. They each claimed 70,139 which resulted in Cabrera Bello solidifying his fourth place position in the Race to Dubai rankings, while last year’s Road to Oman champion Smith moved from 16th to 13th and Elvira catapulted from 73rd to 24th.

This week is the Omega Dubai Desert Classic held at Emirates Golf Club, Week 7 of the 2017 Race to Dubai.

All the leading players on the rankings are participating in addition to Tiger Woods who continues to make his comeback from injury.

The 2017 DP World Tour Championship takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.

Top 10 Race to Dubai Rankings after the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

POSITION      NAME                                     COUNTRY                 POINTS

1 Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 526,481
2 Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 436,151
3 Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 318,540
4 Rafa CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 307,915
5 Pablo LARRAZÁBAL (ESP) 286,648
6 Jaco VAN ZYL (RSA) 252,137
7 Graeme STORM (ENG) 229,725
8 Andrew DODT (AUS) 227,984
9 Thomas AIKEN (RSA) 224,565
10 Joakim LAGERGREN (SWE) 203,063
Jan 24

FLEETWOOD TOPS RACE TO DUBAI AFTER ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP TRIUMPH

January 23, 2017, Dubai: Tommy Fleetwood’s stunning victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship saw the Englishman sore to the summit of the Race to Dubai after claiming 421,139 points to up his season tally to 526,481 meaning he has now all but assured his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, at Jumeirah Golf Estates with almost 10 months of the season still remaining.

Following up his tied-third finish in the UBS Hong Kong Open, Fleetwood continued his terrific early season form in the UAE’s capital to beat America’s Dustin Johnson and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, who won the event in 2014, by one stroke at 17 under par 271. His final round 67 included four birdies and an eagle which spurred him on to his first victory in three years. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Germany’s Martin Kaymer all finished two strokes behind the champion.

The 26-year-old, who topped the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman Rankings in 2011, will compete in this week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic the following week at Emirates Golf Club to complete the Desert Swing while his expected return to Dubai in November for the European Tour’s season-ending grand finale will mark his fifth DP World Tour Championship appearance as he looks to better his career-high finish of ninth from 2016.

“We are delighted to see Tommy back on the winner’s podium and wish him the best of luck in the remaining Desert Swing events,” said Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour International Dubai Office. “His performance in Abu Dhabi was outstanding and we look forward to welcoming him back to Jumeriah Golf Estates along with the rest of the Race to Dubai’s top 60 in November.”

Larrazabal’s shared runner-up finish gained him 219,470 points, which propelled him from 20th to third in the Race to Dubai rankings while Kaymer, Aphibarnrat and Wiesberger all gained 107,306 points for their tied fourth place finish. They share 13th place in the Race to Dubai standings.

Russia’s Dean Burmester sealed seventh place to claim 75,805 points which has helped him climb from 15th to ninth as the season gets into full swing.

The 2017 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.

Top 10 Race to Dubai Rankings after the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

POSITION      NAME                                     COUNTRY                 POINTS

1 Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 526,481
2 Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 318,540
3 Pablo LARRAZÁBAL (ESP) 276,594
4 Rafa CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 237,776
5 Andrew DODT (AUS) 227,984
6 Graeme STORM (ENG) 204,709
7 Brandon STONE (RSA) 198,498
8 Harold VARNER III (USA) 175,631
9 Dean BURMESTER (RSA) 141,975
10 Richard STERNE (RSA) 138,000

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Oct 17

The European Tour Race to Dubai’s Top 60 set to stay at Atlantis, the Palm

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Dubai, UAE: The top 60 players on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai will continue to receive a luxurious end-of-season celebration as Atlantis, The Palm continues its partnership as Official Hotel of the US$8 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

To be staged on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November, the DP World Tour Championship is now in its eighth consecutive year of partnership with the iconic five-star destination, which will once again use its position to support golf in the UAE and promote the popular sport to international guests and visitors.

“Atlantis, The Palm has enjoyed a hugely successful partnership with the DP World Tour Championship since The Race to Dubai was launched in 2009 and we are extremely proud to be the event’s Official Hotel for the eighth year in succession and on until 2017” said Serge Zaalof, President and Managing Director Atlantis, The Palm.
“As the finale of The Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship is one of the biggest golfing occasions on the calendar and continues to feature many of the biggest names in the sport. It is our pleasure to welcome the players and their families for what will be a true celebration of the golfing season and the opportunity to enjoy our world-class resort and its attractions.”

In addition to hosting the competing players and their families, Atlantis, The Palm will also be hosting the ever popular Race to Atlantis initiative in the build-up to the tournament which takes place on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on 2 November.