DP World Tour Championship 2019: Course and current form guides ahead of this season's finale

DP World Tour Championship 2019: Earth Course, Dubai
The Greg Norman-designed Earth Course has large undulating greens

Check out the stats for this week's season-ending European Tour event in Dubai, compiled by Andy Swales...

"Rory will not face the distraction of being preoccupied by the battle to end the season top of the Race To Dubai standings. That particular boat sailed out of port when Wiesberger finished third at Sun City over the weekend."

The European Tour season comes to an end this week with the 11th running of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

With a world record cheque of (US)$3m awaiting the eventual champion, the leading 50 players in the Race to Dubai (R2D) standings will battle it out over the Greg Norman-designed Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

This week's finale will also crown the winner of the 2018/19 Race to Dubai title and, thanks to this massive increase in prize money for first place, as many as five players are in with a shout of being named the new European Tour No 1.

As They Stand

Going into this week's final event, Bernd Wiesberger holds a 722.7 point advantage over Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a closing 65 to win the lucrative Nedbank Challenge following a play-off.

Early on the back nine on Sunday, Wiesberger had reached five under for 12 holes, to move to within one stroke of the lead.

And had the Austrian gone on to win in Sun City, he would have earned enough R2D points to clinch the title with one event remaining.

However, he covered the final four holes in three-over-par - which included a double-bogey at the last - which meant the race to win the R2D title would go into a final week.

The other players still able to finish the season as European No 1 are Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Wiesberger could finish second - without any ties - to claim the season-long title, even if one of these other four pros were to win over the Earth Course.

Check out latest betting for 2019 Race To Dubai title

Regarding the others: The consistent Fitzpatrick, who has posted four runner-up finishes this season, would have to win in Dubai to stand any chance of ending the week top of the R2D table.

Fleetwood requires a minimum of third - plus a poor week by Wiesberger - while Rahm and Lowry need at least to finish second to overcome the 34-year-old pacesetter from Vienna.

Of this quartet trying to overhaul Wiesberger, probably Rahm is the best bet.

The Spaniard has been in excellent form during the second half of the year. In his most recent 10 events, he has won twice, posted four other podium finishes and only once finished lower than 13th.

He is also a former champion at the Earth Course, as is Fitzpatrick.

Lowry, meanwhile, has not had a top-10 since winning The Open at Royal Portrush, but did taste victory in the United Arab Emirates back in January.

The other contender, Fleetwood, has a highest finish of tied-ninth from six trips to the DP World Tour Championship.

No Complications For Rory

But the player they all need to beat in Dubai is Rory McIlroy. Not only is the Northern Irishman a two-time winner over the Earth Course, he also has an excellent record in the region.

Most of all, he will not face the distraction of being preoccupied by the battle to end the season top of the Race To Dubai standings.

Check out latest betting ahead of this week's DP World Tour Championship

That particular boat sailed out of port when Wiesberger finished third at Sun City over the weekend.

He can simply concentrate on his own game and not have to keep one eye on any of the others in the R2D table.

Strong Field

With this week's event featuring the cream of European Tour golf - 11 of the world's top 25 are teeing-up - it should be an incredibly competitive event.

Patrick Reed, runner-up last year, is in good shape, while Tyrrell Hatton, champion two weeks ago in Turkey, not only has a great record during autumn, he also has a habit of putting together strong sequences of results.

Earth Course Info

First staged in 2009, the DP World Tour Championship's ten winners have come from just four countries - England, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden.

And eight of the 14 golfers to have finished either second or joint-second have also been English.

Opened in the same year as it made its European Tour debut, the Earth Course has large undulating greens and reasonably generous fairways.

There are 99 bunkers on site, with water having an impact on just five holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37
Rory McIlroy 1 3 26 9
Jon Rahm 1 MC 2
Justin Rose 21 28 15 34 8
Francesco Molinari 44 22 MC 23 14
Paul Casey 38 17 MC 11
Patrick Reed 10 8 17 4 15
Tommy Fleetwood 1 53 22 20 5 60
Shane Lowry 62 43 13 MC 15 11
Louis Oosthuizen 6 3 46
Bernd Wiesberger 3 49 49 1 MC 17
Matthew Fitzpatrick 10 7 75 2 26 46
Matt Wallace 44 50 60 8 7 15 41 3
Tyrrell Hatton 1 14 6 18 15 MC
Danny Willett 38 73 46 18 26 1
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 17 57 30 26 2 MC 6
Sergio Garcia 53 33 60 7 1
Henrik Stenson 17 20 MC 17
Ian Poulter 39 Wd 13 16 MC 60
Erik Van Rooyen 30 2 38 MC 10 MC 14
Victor Perez 2 4 16 57 1 MC
Hao Tong Li 52 46 24 MC MC 23 51
Lee Westwood 6 10 56 60 MC MC MC
Tom Lewis 13 32 8 MC MC 5 MC MC
Justin Harding 48 25 53 57 7 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 62 28 49 10 12 10 46
Kurt Kitayama 30 2 28 4 3 MC 14 21
Robert MacIntyre 8 7 17 4 26 28
Paul Waring 24 16 8 25 3 21
Matthias Schwab 2 4 MC 4 MC 28
Thomas Pieters 30 17 26 68 37 10
Benjamin Hebert 24 2 65 16 MC 46 37
Joost Luiten 10 25 34 11 25 40 31 10
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 52 38 40 15 37 10
Jorge Campillo 13 28 34 MC MC MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 24 56 17 MC 3
Romain Langasque 30 9 46 18 MC MC 17 27
Guido Migliozzi 21 10 14 MC 48 MC MC
Adri Arnaus 30 65 40 48 4 MC
Marcus Kinhult 2 17 11 18 40 46
Mikko Korhonen 24 31 25 17 37 65
Jordan Smith 48 46 31 54 24 5 24
Andy Sullivan 61 8 23 MC MC 74
Matthew Southgate 52 21 31 MC 2 MC 10
Thomas Detry 3 32 8 MC 23 MC 36
Richard Sterne 60 50 70 15 MC 31
Aaron Rai 13 44 MC 18 54 26
David Lipsky 58 32 29 69 51 MC MC
Jason Scrivener 3 21 26 55 7 MC MC
Scott Hend 48 36 28 MC 28 MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen 17 10 61 2 25 4 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 30 53 MC 25 34 64 70
Eddie Pepperell Dq 6 48 15 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 30 38 1 64 17 MC 57 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 59 46 22 23 7 MC 9
Ryan Fox 57 21 31 18 18 54 MC
Richie Ramsay 42 32 5 MC 10 6 55
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Rory McIlroy 20 9 1 2 5 1 11 5 3
Jon Rahm 4 1
Justin Rose 4 22 2 10 2 50
Francesco Molinari 26 17 4 4 16 13 34 6 6 30
Paul Casey 54 16 6
Patrick Reed 2 10 10
Tommy Fleetwood 16 21 9 53 12 37
Shane Lowry 30 2 19 48 5 39 8
Louis Oosthuizen 46 38 6 32 5 6 13 12
Bernd Wiesberger 45 4 17 16 34 42
Matthew Fitzpatrick 34 12 1 4
Matt Wallace 2
Tyrrell Hatton 22 8 2 13 6
Danny Willett 1 50 4 21 26 55 58
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 18 21 23 22 9 14 40 26 30
Sergio Garcia 9 4 19 12 9 11 21 7
Henrik Stenson 12 9 59 1 1 7 24 23
Ian Poulter 51 31 42 21 2 26 22 2 9
Erik Van Rooyen 26
Victor Perez
Hao Tong Li 30 13 30
Lee Westwood 20 52 13 42 47 5 48 29 3 1
Tom Lewis 7
Justin Harding
Andrea Pavan 22
Kurt Kitayama
Robert MacIntyre
Paul Waring 31
Matthias Schwab
Thomas Pieters 12 58 40 22
Benjamin Hebert
Joost Luiten 22 44 13 31 9 4 16 51 26
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 30 13
Jorge Campillo 51 9
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Romain Langasque
Guido Migliozzi
Adri Arnaus
Marcus Kinhult 22
Mikko Korhonen 57
Jordan Smith 12 25
Andy Sullivan 26 48 40 2 21
Matthew Southgate 18 54
Thomas Detry 29
Richard Sterne 31 30 51 14 51 42
Aaron Rai 48
David Lipsky 24 35 57
Jason Scrivener
Scott Hend 48 40 56
Joachim B Hansen
Sebastian Soderberg
Eddie Pepperell Ret 48 58 26
Nicolas Colsaerts 55 4 31 42 34 19
Masahiro Kawamura
Ryan Fox 45 28
Richie Ramsay 36 17 16 26 42 35
Starters: 60 60 60 60 60 56 56 58 60 58

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles