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"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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves
|Erik Van Rooyen||30||2||38||MC||10||MC||14|
|Hao Tong Li||52||46||24||MC||MC||23||51|
|Joachim B Hansen||17||10||61||2||25||4||MC|
|Erik Van Rooyen||26|
|Hao Tong Li||30||13||30|
|Joachim B Hansen|