DP World Tour Championship 2020: Form guide ahead of this season's finale in Dubai

Greg Norman designed the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai
Plenty of sand on the Greg Norman-designed Earth Course

Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa and Tyrrell Hatton are the headline acts this week. Check out course and current form stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"Another big week for Hatton in Dubai would round off the year perfectly, and with two-time Earth Course champs McIlroy and Rahm not taking part, his chances have increased dramatically."

The European Tour season comes to a close with the 12th staging of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

First played in 2009, all but one of its previous instalments were held in November.

However, after Covid-19 ransacked the 2020 golfing calendar, which led to the cancellation of many tournaments and the re-scheduling of others, this year's Championship was moved to December, some three weeks later than originally planned.

For the first time since 2011, the DP World Tour Championship will be the final European Tour event of the year, and will hopefully provide a suitable climax following a difficult few months for Keith Pelley and his team at Tour headquarters in Surrey.

With a total purse of $8m to be spread among the elite field, the title of European Tour No 1 for 2020 is still up for grabs.

The leader of the Race To Dubai standings is American Patrick Reed, who is 460 points ahead of nearest challenger Tommy Fleetwood.

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Unfortunately, a number of high-profile qualifiers have decided not to make the journey to the United Arab Emirates. These include defending champion Jon Rahm, former winner Rory McIlroy, as well as Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Adam Scott and Shane Lowry.

Who's teeing-up?

Despite the absence of these big names it remains a decent field. American Collin Morikawa, winner of this year's PGA Championship in San Francisco, is among the entries, as is Korean Sung Jae Im.

Both young stars are set to make their Earth Course debuts this week, along with another first-timer in Viktor Hovland whose name is also among the entry list.

The 23-year-old Norwegian ended the PGA Tour year in style by winning the Mayakoba Classic over the weekend - his second title of 2020.

As for those with plenty of Earth Course experience, Tyrrell Hatton is a former runner-up and is presently enjoying the best season of his career.

A maiden PGA Tour success in March, followed by a clinical victory at Wentworth in October, moved the Englishman into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Another big week for Hatton in Dubai would round off the year perfectly, and with two-time Earth Course champs McIlroy and Rahm not taking part, his chances have increased dramatically.

Another Englishman, Matt Wallace, is playing his best golf of the year and on Sunday finished in a tie-for-second over the Fire Course at Jumeirah Estates.

Wallace was also second over the Earth Course two years ago when Danny Willett scooped top prize.

Hat-trick hunter

Christiaan Bezuidenhout is chasing a third straight victory on the European Tour, but the world No 35 will find this week's field a lot stronger than the ones over which he triumphed in South Africa.

Because of the big-name absentees, it has opened up the tournament to many other players.

Andy Sullivan has enjoyed a mini-renaissance during 2020 and is already in Dubai where he played pretty well last week, when he led through 54 holes only to tie-for second.

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Course details

Once again, the Greg Norman-designed Earth Course holds centre stage.

Fairways are generously wide, while there is little in the way of trees to hinder any grossly wayward drives.

However, putting surfaces are big, quick and undulating, and many of the Great White Shark's greens are guarded by large, deep sand bunkers. Water has an impact on just five holes - and mainly on the back nine.

The Earth Course is long, and has an honours' board full of big hitters - although not exclusively. Matt Fitzpatrick, whose name does not appear among the list of longest drivers on Tour, won here four years' ago and has had two other top-10 finishes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Earth Course Form Guide

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40
Collin Morikawa 44 50 12 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 23 MC 7 28 3 1
Patrick Reed 10 14 3
Tommy Fleetwood 37 19 57 59 13 2
Sung Jae Im MC 2 50 41 45 13 28
Viktor Hovland 1 15 47 12
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 46 26 12 7 42
Victor Perez 46 MC 2 14
Bernd Wiesberger 8 4 58 16 40 48
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 1 1 15 38 40 MC
Ian Poulter 50 25 12 5 6
Lee Westwood MC 38 MC 30 14 18 19
Matt Wallace 2 37 46 48 2 24 30
Erik Van Rooyen Wd 20 27 6
Henrik Stenson 23 MC MC Wd MC
Robert MacIntyre 19 6 1 3 Wd 58 14
Danny Willett 30 MC 25 Wd 55 32 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 43 MC
Andy Sullivan 2 MC 58 3 26
Graeme McDowell MC 59 MC 44 24 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 37 51 60 MC MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC MC 37 MC 48
Thomas Pieters 25 62 MC
Aaron Rai 50 3 MC Won
Martin Kaymer 37 5 10 MC
Thomas Detry 37 4 10 48 30
Sami Valimaki 13 18 6 13 63
George Coetzee 40 MC MC 59
John Catlin MC MC
Sam Horsfield 45 MC 43 MC MC
Garrick Higgo MC MC 61 MC 3 27 26
Shaun Norris 46 MC 3 28 MC
Jorge Campillo 66 MC 3 53 48 MC 48
Marcus Kinhult 62 MC* MC 10 6
Romain Langasque MC* 28 58 MC
Eddie Pepperell 50 64 16 6 9
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 41 MC 19
Branden Grace 40 30 MC 40 MC MC
Adri Arnaus MC 6 MC 5 32 26
Callum Shinkwin 30 4 1 Wd MC 30
Renato Paratore 13 65 37 7 MC
Joachim B Hansen 20 1 Wd 7 MC
Adrian Otaegui 37 20 51 22 1 MC 42
Joost Luiten 11 31 MC MC* 53 10 MC 19
Laurie Canter MC 41 2 MC
Kalle Samooja MC MC 2 48 9
Masahiro Kawamura 23 MC 2 34 MC 20 56
Wil Besseling 56 13 MC 17 16 30
Gavin Green MC 47 74 7 MC 48 42
Wilco Nienaber 11 12 2 MC 53 MC
Jordan Smith 25 MC 21 MC 13 36
Marcus Armitage 45 6 30 14 12 10 7
Richard Bland 40 2 7 16 MC 16 MC
Brandon Stone 32 23 4 16 MC 19
Antoine Rozner 1 20 MC* 21 10
Dean Burmester 4 MC 18 5 MC MC MC
Robert Rock 45 48 3
Scott Jamieson 32 6 20 48 37 MC 36
Ross Fisher 7 MC MC 20 MC
Sean Crocker 22 2 MC MC 9 44 36
Pablo Larrazabal 35 39 MC* MC 27 59
Connor Syme 10 MC MC MC 37 48
Marc Warren 8 39 25 MC 4
Jamie Donaldson 2 MC 19 3 39 9
Justin Harding MC 38 30 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 58 57 MC MC 49 30 27 55
Grant Forrest 6 56 MC 49 MC 32 19
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Collin Morikawa
Tyrrell Hatton 46 22 8 2 13 6
Patrick Reed 28 2 10 10
Tommy Fleetwood 2 16 21 9 53 12 37
Sung Jae Im
Viktor Hovland
Matthew Fitzpatrick 9 34 12 1 4
Victor Perez 20
Bernd Wiesberger 28 45 4 17 16 34 42
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 12
Ian Poulter 44 51 31 42 21 2 26 22 2
Lee Westwood 38 20 52 13 42 47 5 48 29 3
Matt Wallace 28 2
Erik Van Rooyen 28 26
Henrik Stenson 44 12 9 59 1 1 7 24
Robert MacIntyre 14
Danny Willett 5 1 50 4 21 26 55
Tom Lewis 6 7
Andy Sullivan 10 26 48 40 2 21
Graeme McDowell 47 17 52 11 13
Jazz Janewattananond
Rasmus Hojgaard
Thomas Pieters 6 12 58 40 22
Aaron Rai 40 48
Martin Kaymer 55 17 19 10 39 19 26 11 13
Thomas Detry 28 29
Sami Valimaki
George Coetzee 58 30 26 32 26 22
John Catlin
Sam Horsfield 41
Garrick Higgo
Shaun Norris
Jorge Campillo 18 51 9
Marcus Kinhult 16 22
Romain Langasque 40
Eddie Pepperell Ret 48 58 26
Benjamin Hebert 38
Branden Grace 34 31 27 3 9 52 6
Adri Arnaus 28
Callum Shinkwin 25
Renato Paratore 30
Joachim B Hansen 36
Adrian Otaegui 4 42
Joost Luiten 20 22 44 13 31 9 4 16 51 26
Laurie Canter
Kalle Samooja
Masahiro Kawamura
Wil Besseling
Gavin Green
Wilco Nienaber
Jordan Smith 47 12 25
Marcus Armitage
Richard Bland 54
Brandon Stone 57 59
Antoine Rozner
Dean Burmester 4 4
Robert Rock 51 21 8 57
Scott Jamieson 45 26 14 54
Ross Fisher 47 17 17 46 42 26 46 13
Sean Crocker
Pablo Larrazabal 55 52 22 16 26 36 10
Connor Syme
Marc Warren 48 34 21 52 26
Jamie Donaldson 34 12 8 9 26 48
Justin Harding 36
Matthieu Pavon 13
Grant Forrest
No of Starters: 50 60 60 60 60 60 56 56 58 60

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