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 18

DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP TO WELCOME OLYMPIC MEDALISTS ROSE AND STENSON

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Englishman Justin Rose claimed the 2016 Olympic Men’s Golf gold medal with a two-shot victory after an enthralling final round against Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and thus the season-ending DP World Tour Championship will welcome the gold and silver Olympic medalists to Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November.

Oct 06

ATLANTIS THE PALM ANNOUNCED AS THE OFFICIAL HOTEL OF THE DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP UNTIL 2017

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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 extends its partnership as Official Hotel of the US$8 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai until 2017.

To be staged on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 19th to 22nd November, the DP World Tour Championship is now in its sixth 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 sixth 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 and Junior Race to Atlantis initiatives in the build-up to the tournament which takes place on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on 20th October 2015.

Among the competitors will be VIP guests and clients of Atlantis who will compete for a variety of exclusive prizes including a luxury stay at Atlantis, The Palm, hospitality tickets for the DP World Tour Championship, and, for the first player to make a hole-in-one, a luxury BMW, courtesy of AGMC. Atlantis, The Palm will also host the Championship Beach Party and the European Tour’s end of season Race to Dubai party at Nasimi Beach Club.

Nick Tarratt, Director of European Tour International, Dubai Office said “Having Atlantis, The Palm, as our Official Hotel is a popular choice with the players who get the opportunity to combine the challenge of competing in the DP World Tour Championship with a happy family break away from the golf course.

“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Atlantis, The Palm ever since the tournament was first staged in 2009 and today they are one of the tournament’s key partners. While the players compete for the title and a share of The Race to Dubai Bonus Pool, their families can enjoy attractions such as Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. It’s a perfect end to the season for everyone.”

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Sep 21

7 DAYS TEES OFF BUILD UP TO 2015 DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

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DUBAI (UAE):  the UAE’s most popular English language national newspaper, 7DAYS, will tee-off the build up to the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai as part of its ongoing partnership with the European Tour’s season ending tournament until 2017.

The seventh US$8million DP World Tour Championship will see the top 60 players compete on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November.

As Official Newspaper, 7DAYS will provide readers with the very latest information on The Race to Dubai and tournament news in the run up to the DP World Tour Championship via the newspaper, online at 7DAYS.ae, mobile and social media channels.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering the grand final of The European Tour,” said 7DAYS CEO Mark Rix. “It’s fantastic for the region that the European Tour reaches its conclusion in Dubai and it’s something we’re very proud to be a part of.

“We were delighted to partner with the DP World Tour Championship for the first time in 2012 as we believed we could add even more value to what is already an incredibly successful event.

Nick Tarratt, Director of European Tour International – Dubai Office, said “Last year over 50,000 spectators attended over the four days of the DP World Tour Championship, which makes it one of the largest sporting events in the UAE, and we believe that 7DAYS’ promotional activity will continue to be a major contributor to encouraging spectators to attend.”

For the second year running, a highlight of the DP World Tour Championship campaign will be the ‘Race to 7DAYS’ competition featuring amazing prizes from DP World Tour Championship sponsors.

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May 27

DP World Extends Title Sponsorship Until 2020

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The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – The European Tour’s glittering end-of-season tournament held in Dubai, was given a significant boost today with the news that global ports operator DP World has agreed to continue its title sponsorship for another five years

The agreement until the 2020 season, will see DP World support the climax of The Race to Dubai, in addition to the company’s existing sponsorship of European Tour events in India, Hong Kong, China, Turkey and here at this week’s BMW PGA Championship in England.

The DP World Tour Championship – which will celebrate its seventh staging this year on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 19-22 – is already recognised globally as one of golf’s premier tournaments.

Its Roll of Honour reads like a Who’s Who of the game itself – Lee Westwood (2009), Robert Karlsson (2010), Alvaro Quiros (2011), Rory McIlroy (2012), and Henrik Stenson (2013 & 2014) – and this year’s tournament will see the top 60 players on The Race to Dubai once again battle for a share of the US$8 million tournament prize fund, with the winner taking home US$1.3 million.

In addition, the leading 15 players on The Race to Dubai at the end of the tournament will share the US$5 million Bonus Pool, with the eventual European Tour Number One pocketing US$1.25 million.

Speaking at a press conference at Wentworth Club in England, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “Dubai and the UAE stand at the crossroads of world trade and this cosmopolitan location is a melting pot of talent, expertise and professionalism much like the sport of golf.  We are delighted to be supporting this prestigious event to bring to Dubai the world’s best golfers and their fans.

For information on the DP World Tour Championship and to purchase tickets for the tournament, please visit www.DPWorldTourChampionship.com or www.europeantour.com

Source: European Tour
May 21

DP WORLD TEES UP ANOTHER 5 YEARS AS SPONSOR OF DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Global Port Operator driving ahead with climax of European Tour’s Race to Dubai

Dubai is set to remain at the epicenter of golf on The European Tour for the foreseeable future after global port operator DP World announced today that it will continue to be the title sponsor of the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending tournament of The Race to Dubai, for at least another five years.

The move reinforces Dubai’s position as a major trading, business and tourism destination. The agreement, which will run until at least the 2020 season, will see DP World support the US$8million tournament, in addition to the company’s existing sponsorship of European Tour events in India, Hong Kong, China, Turkey and at this week’s BMW PGA Championship in England.

DP World Chairman, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “The DP World Tour Championship is an event of enormous significance for Dubai and the UAE and reinforces our position on the calendar of international sport and as a centre for tourism and trade. The extension of our title sponsorship dovetails with Dubai’s hosting of Expo 2020, an event which will see the world come to the Emirate and further enhance the goal of attracting 20 million tourists per year.

“We are delighted to be again involved as the event offers us a great opportunity to connect with the world, our customers and our partners through one of the most popular sports. We look forward to continuing our association as a global business, and as a barometer of world trade, with a global sport.”

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “The support DP World has shown The European Tour has been evident right from the start of The Race to Dubai and the strength of their ongoing commitment is further evidenced with today’s announcement.

“We thank His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem for his personal vision and we look forward to working with him and all his staff as we continue to make the DP World Tour Championship a fitting end to The European Tour season.”

The DP World Tour Championship – which will celebrate its seventh staging this year on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November– is already recognised globally as one of golf’s premier tournaments.Its Roll of Honour reads like a Who’s Who of the game itself – Lee Westwood (2009), Robert Karlsson (2010), Alvaro Quiros (2011), Rory McIlroy (2012), and Henrik Stenson (2013 & 2014) – and this year’s tournament will see the top 60 players on The Race to Dubai once again battle for a share of the US$8 million tournament prize fund, with the winner taking home US$1.3 million.

In addition, the leading 15 players on The Race to Dubai at the end of the tournament will share the US$5 million Bonus Pool, with the eventual European Tour Number One pocketing US$1.25 million.

Over 55,000 spectators attended the 2014 DP World Tour Championship, a third of whom were international visitors. The global television reach exceeded 450 million people via 40 broadcasters worldwide delivering a cumulative global TV equivalency of US$259million.

Dubai’s position as the global trade hub in a region of two billion people is underlined by the role of Jebel Ali Port which together with the Jebel Ali FreeZone contributes to 20% of its GDP. With the addition of Dubai World Central airport this will increase to 50% by 2020. Jebel Ali is the largest port between Singapore and Rotterdam and is the only non- Asian port to make the world’s top 10. It has also been voted the world’s most productive port by the Journal of Commerce.

In 2013, the DP World Tour Championship delivered a US$44million gross economic benefit to Dubai according to independent market research agency Repucom.

The DP World Tour Championship has also raised over US$250,000 during the previous six tournaments to support local UAE charities Special Needs Foundation Group and Friends of Cancer Patients.

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Nov 23

Emirates takes to the course around the globe and at the DP World Tour Championship in 2014

22112014143136DUBAI, UAE – Emirates, a global connector of people and their passions is concluding a successful year as the Official Airline of The European Tour. With the DP World Tour Championship winding down in Dubai, Emirates has helped bring together golf’s top players for an exciting culmination to The Race to Dubai’. The airline extended its investment in The European Tour in December 2013 for an additional ten tournaments until the end of the 2017 season.

Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand said: “The DP World Tour Championship is a signature event that provides a global stage for golf’s highest achievers like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. It’s also special because it’s taking place on our home turf, Dubai, which has become one of golf’s most dynamic destinations. We expanded our support for more European Tour golf events and have been engaging with more golf fans this year by successfully activating our sponsorships to deliver meaningful experiences.”

During the 2014 season, Emirates transported over 4,300 golf clubs, distributed 8,000 pieces of branded merchandise to golf fans and served over 14,000 meals to European Tour players.  Emirates flew European Tour players over 27 million miles to reach their tournaments during the season. Over 80 Emirates Cabin Crew attended the 19 European Tour events supported by the airline to help deliver great experiences for golf fans.

Emirates has also successfully activated hospitality experiences incorporating the theme of its destination network during European Tour tournaments. In addition, it has also activated  its ‘Race to Dubai’ experimental booth where players who put the most balls, and remained on top of the leaderboard during each tournament won packages to Dubai to attend the DP World Championship.

In 2013, Emirates added an additional ten tournaments to its international schedule including 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, the Nelson Mandela Championship and the ISPS Handa Perth International.

Beyond its commitment to 19 European Tour events, Emirates also sponsors the Thailand Open (Thailand-One Asian Tour), The Emirates Australian Open, The Australian PGA Championship (Australia-Australasian Tour), the Indonesia PGA Championships (One-Asia Tour) and finally the Boeing Classic (USA) on the PGA Champions Tour in the United States.

Nov 20

PATIENCE THE KEY FOR ICEMAN STENSON AT DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI

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Dubai (UAE): Defending champion Henrik Stenson will go head-to-head with World Number One and 2014 Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy when the DP World Tour Championship gets underway in Dubai today (Thursday) with the Swede intent on spoiling McIlroy’s coronation at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Twelve months ago, Stenson lit up the Earth course with a stunning six-shot victory over England’s Ian Poulter setting a tournament record of 25-under par in the process.

But the Iceman knows that will count for nothing when the top 60 players on The European Tour do battle for the final title of the 2014 season.

“Even though I shot -25 last year, I can’t think about that this week,” said Stenson. “The ball doesn’t know what we did last year – it has to be told. I’m not guaranteed anything just because I played well last year. Yes, I know how to play this course but I still have to do it, stay focused and patient and do it all over again.”

Stenson and McIlroy will be the final two-ball of the day and sure to attract the largest gallery of the day at Jumeirah Golf Estates when they tee off at 12.30pm.

“Last year was very special and while I know it can’t be as special this year because Rory has already won the overall Race to Dubai, I can make it a very special week for myself by playing well here and hopefully giving myself a chance to win,” added Stenson. “I haven’t successfully defended a title yet, so I couldn’t think of a much better place to do it than here this week.”

With McIlroy already home and dry in the standings, all eyes will be on the battle for second place, currently occupied by Stenson but with a clutch of stars including Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Germany’s Marcel Siem and Sergio Garcia of Spain breathing down his neck.

However, with so many points available to the tournament winner, Stenson’s Ryder Cup team-mate and great rival Ian Poulter is also well in the hunt – something many would have considered highly improbable just a few weeks back.

But a successful recent run of form in the Final Series has seen Poulter make a late season charge and he now has his sights firmly set on wrestling second place from the Swede.

“I feel good about what’s happened the last couple of weeks,” said Poulter, on the eve of his opening round. “Number one is gone but there is still a big bonus for being number two and that would upset the current number two who is Mr Stenson – so I’ll be chasing him down like I was chasing him down last year. Bring it on!”

It has been a remarkable run by Poulter who ranked 64th on The Race to Dubai two weeks ago but who is now up to 13th after a share of sixth place at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai and a second place finish at last week’s Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“It’s nice to come into this stretch and feel I can salvage something in 2014. After finishing sixth then second, it would be nice to win this week and move nicely up that board so that has to be the aim this week.”

If Poulter were to triumph this week, he may offer a word of thanks to two-time Major winner Greg Norman. The Australian recently offered Poulter some putting advice and the Englishman is keen to see if the tips will make a difference when he takes on  the challenge of the 7,675-yard Earth course, designed by Norman himself.

“It was nice to Greg to reach out and I will take on board what he said but I’ve been working hard on my putting so I’ll get on the putting green today and see if what he said is right or wring,” said Poulter, who finished runner-up at the DP World Tour Championship in both 2010 and 2013.

Play gets underway at 7.30am today (Thursday) with Italy’s Matteo Manassero and England’s Mathew Baldwin getting the tournament up and running. Poulter will get his challenge underway at 11.30am alongside Holland’s Joost Luiten before a host of Ryder Cup stars join up for a mouthwatering finale to the season, including Martin Kaymer pairing with Graeme McDowell (11.40am) and Victor Dubuisson playing with Thomas Bjorn (11.50am).

Nov 20

Henrik, Justin and Rory re-enact Greatest Moments on Earth

during the official opening of the new club house at the Jumeirah Golf Estates prior to the DP World Tour Championship on November 17, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dubai (UAE): There have been a number of spectacular moments of high drama and excitement in the short but colourful history of the DP World Tour Championship, which provides the annual climax to The European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

This week, three of the world’s best golfers returned to the scene of their magical shotmaking to try to re-create some of their personal favourite highlights in a Made for TV Challenge headlined as the Greatest Moments on Earth.

The Earth in question is the stunning Earth course, which is hosting the sixth edition of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, and the golfers in question need little introduction – World Number Rory McIlroy, defending champion Henrik Stenson and 2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose.

The trio of champions congregated at the par five 18th hole on the Earth course, which has seen its share of thrills and spills since 2009.

And the ‘banter’ flowed as naturally as the golf swings of three players who have put their stamp on the event in recent years, in the case of McIlroy and Stenson culminating in victories in The Race to Dubai in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Stenson, the official brand ambassador for Jumeirah Golf Estates, sealed victory last year by smashing a three wood 248 yards into the wind to a matter of inches from the pin for a sensational eagle three.

That feat was recognised by Jumeirah Golf Estates with a plaque embedded into the precise spot in the fairway which will now forever carry a permanent memory of the stroke which was voted The European Tour Shot of the Year.

Neal Graham, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, marked the occasion with a handshake before McIlroy and Rose attempted the same shot – and it was the World Number One who rose to the challenge with a stunning shot.

McIlroy and Stenson then re-enacted the 75 foot putt Rose had from the back of the 18th green, which almost stopped on the ‘shelf’ then finish within one turn of the ball while Rose and Stenson then attempted the 18 foot putt which McIlroy sank on the 18th to close out victory with his fifth straight birdie.

As Stenson remarked at the end:“Let’s make some more memories this week”.

Nov 18

The DP World Tour Championship a great day out for all the family

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Dubai (UAE):The great thing about the DP World Tour Championship, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week from 20 -23 November, is that you don’t need to be a golf nut to enjoy it. The event is renowned in the region for being one of the best days out on the social calendar for all the family, with plenty to do besides watch The European Tour’s finest players in action.

Most of the off-course activities centre around the bustling Championship Village where there are a mouth-watering selection of food and beverage outlets on offer: BBQ Grill, N_K_D Pizza, Fish & Chips, Costa Coffee, Amstel Light Sports Bar, Patron Bar, Baskin Robins, Hot Dog Stand, Organic, Melt and the Mouton Cadet Bar. You can also purchase the full range of tournament and Race to Dubai branded merchandise while many spectators like to come here just to kick back for a while and relax on the beanbags watching the action on the giant screen.

There’s the Kids Zone where the young ones can play on bouncy castles or on the tennis court – there’s also Short Golf with ‘introduction to golf’ sessions for children aged 6 and above. Free golf lessons are available from Thursday to Sunday from 9.00am – 5.00pm, courtesy of the Emirates Golf Federation in conjunction with the R&A, as well as a Titleist 915 Long Drive Contest.

Out on the range, just outside the entrance to the Championship Village, renowned golf trick shot artist David Edwards will be entertaining the crowds each day with his phenomenal stunts and when play is finished you can rock out to the sounds of popular local bands Maplejacks and Suburban Voodoo.

The DP World Tour Championship not only offers some of the best golfing action you’ll see all year but also some of the best entertainment,” says Nick Tarratt, Director of The European Tour International Dubai Office.  “We get the diehard golf fans who come to see the top 60 players in The Race to Dubai doing battle but we also get friends and family who just enjoy the event as a great day out with lots to do and see over and above the golf.”

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