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DP World Tour Championship Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

The 52nd and final event is upon us with this week’s DP World Tour Championship – the third consecutive Rolex Series event to conclude the 2018 European Tour season.

Jon Rahm DP World Tour Championship
Jon Rahm reacts during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 18, 2017 in Dubai, UAE. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

As the finale of eight Rolex Series events in 2018, the field in Dubai is loaded with talent, headlined by six of the seven Rolex event winners: Francesco Molinari (BMW PGA), Thorbjorn Olesen (Italian Open), Alex Noren (French Open), Russell Knox (Irish Open), Brandon Stone (Scottish Open), and Lee Westwood (Nedbank Golf Challenge). Only world No. 2 Justin Rose (Turkish Airlines Open) has opted out of a trip to Dubai.

Those six headliners will be joined by the two most recent Masters champions in Patrick Reed (2018) and Sergio Garcia (2017), along with defending DP World Tour champion Jon Rahm and Northern Ireland superstar Rory McIlroy.

In all, the field will include nine of the top 10 in the Race to Dubai standings and nine of the world’s top-25 ranked players.


THE SKINNY

Tournament: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
Dates: Nov. 15-18, 2018
Where: Dubai, UAE
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course)
Distance: Par 72 / 7,706 yards
Architect: Greg Norman
Format: Top 60 in RTD, 72 holes, no cut, stroke play
Purse: $8,000,000
Winning Share: $1,400,000
OWGR Points:52
Defending Champion: Jon Rahm
Marquee Players: Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Alex Noren, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Henrik Stenson, Eddie Pepperell, Ian Poulter, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Haotong Li, Thorbjorn Olesen, Matthew Fitzpatrick


TV & ONLINE COVERAGE

Rd 1: Thu 3:00 – 8:00 am
Rd 2: Fri 3:00 – 8:00 am
Rd 3: Sat 2:30 – 8:00 am
Rd 4: Sun 2:00 – 8:00 am
Online: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website | Wikipedia

All times EST


THE COURSE

The magnificent Earth course began life as the host venue for the DP World Tour Championship in 2009 and it has not looked back.

DP World Tour Championship Jumeirah Golf Estates
A general view of the 18th green and clubhouse during the DP World Tour Championship ProAm held at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 13, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A layout that consistently delivers thrilling climaxes to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai each November, Earth has earned a place alongside the Majlis as a ‘must-play’ trophy course in Dubai.


HISTORY

The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai annually wraps up the European Tour season, and concludes the Race to Dubai.

Here are some historical notes:

  • Where: It is contested on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Sponsor: The title sponsor is DP World, a shipping company based in Dubai.
  • Born: The tournament was first held in 2009 when the Order of Merit was replaced by the Race to Dubai.
  • Field: It is contested by the leading 60 players in the Race to Dubai at the start of the tournament.
  • Former: It is the replacement for the Volvo Masters, which was a similar event for the leading 60 money winners on the Order of Merit.
  • Race to Dubai: The tournament also determines the Race to Dubai Bonus Pool, which goes to the top golfers on the Race to Dubai after the tournament.
  • Bonus: The winner of the season-long points race gets a $1m bonus.

DEFENDING CHAMPION

Jon Rahm fired a final-round 7-under 65 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to capture the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, while a late stumble by Justin Rose handed the Race to Dubai title to Tommy Fleetwood.

Justin Rose and Jon Rahm
Justin Rose and Jon Rahm during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 18, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rose appeared headed for his third straight European Tour title, and the Race to Dubai after turning at 32 – and five shots clear of Fleetwood and three ahead of Rahm. But a three-bogey inward nine, opened the door for Rahm, and by default Fleetwood, who stumbled to a 2-over 74 on Sunday.

Rahm, playing in the penultimate group with South African Dean Burmester, closed with a 33 to get to 19 under and win his second Rolex Series title by one shot.

FINAL TOP 5: TOURNAMENT
1. Jon Rahm -19
2. Shane Lowry -18
2. Kiradech Aphibarnrat -18
4. Sergio Garcia -17
4. Dean Burmester -17
4. Dylan Frittelli -17
4. Justin Rose -17

FINAL TOP 5: RTD POINTS
1. Tommy Fleetwood 5,420,530 (24)
2. Justin Rose 4,921,062 (12)
3. Jon Rahm 4,602,281 (13)
4. Sergio Garcia 3,906,072 (13)
5. Tyrrell Hatton 3,237,346 (21)


RACE TO DUBAI

Only Molinari and Fleetwood have a chance to win the season-long points title, and the accompanying $1 million prize.

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood Ryder Cup
Francesco Molinari (R) and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate during day one of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France on Sep. 28, 2018. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

But with big money bonuses awarded to the Top-10 RTD finishers, there’s going to be a lot on the line this week at the Earth course.

1. Francesco Molinari (ITA) 4,709,921
2. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 3,684,755
3. Justin Rose (ENG) 3,431,616
4. Patrick Reed (USA) 3,268,511
5. Xander Schauffele (USA) 3,092,488
6. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 2,892,354
7. Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 2,877,799
8. Alex Noren (SWE) 2,833,225
9. Haotong Li (CHN) 2,772,941
10. Eddie Pepperell (ENG) 2,478,435


FULL FIELD: WORLD RANK & ODDS

DP World Tour Championship | Jumeirah Golf Estates | Dubai, UAE | Nov. 15-18, 2018

DP World Tour Championship
A general view of the 18th green and clubhouse during the 2016 DP World Tour Championship ProAm held at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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Credit: European Tour Media, Getty Images, Wikipedia


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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