DP World Tour Championship 2021: Form stats for this season's European Tour finale in Dubai

The Earth Course made its European Tour debut in 2009
The Earth Course in Dubai made its European Tour debut 12 years ago

Reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy are the star attractions at the Earth Course in Dubai. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"It's rare for this event to crown a champion who is not among the Tour's elite and other pros to enjoy solid Earth Course form are Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia."

For a 13th straight year, the finale to the European Tour season takes place over the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

At the conclusion of this week's DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour will crown its number one golfer for 2021.

And, over the next few days, this prestigious and lucrative event will reach new heights thanks largely to the total amount of prize money on offer.

The prize fund for this week's tournament has been increased by $1m, bringing the total pot to $9m. Of this, the eventual champion will receive a cheque in excess of $3.2m.

In addition to the incredible amount of cash on offer this weekend, the player who stands top of the Race to Dubai standings on Sunday evening will receive the prestigious Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour's No 1 golfer for 2021.

On the tee

The bountiful prize fund has attracted a good field, although Tour chief Keith Pelley will be disappointed by the absence of world No 1 Jon Rahm and Norway's Viktor Hovland, both of whom qualified for this event only to withdraw.

That said, American Collin Morikawa - the reigning Open champion - has travelled across the Atlantic to tee-up, along with Rory McIlroy who missed last year's tournament.

McIlroy will certainly fancy his chances at a venue where he has already triumphed twice.

The 32-year-old, who is a four-time winner in Dubai, has played pretty well since the start of August, highlighted by his recent victory at The CJ Cup in Nevada.

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Another two-time champion over the Earth Course is last year's winner Matt Fitzpatrick.

The world No 28 won at Valderrama last month and still has a mathematical chance to finish the season as the Tour's No 1 golfer.

It's rare for this event to crown a champion who is not among the Tour's elite and other pros to enjoy solid Earth Course form are Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia.

Of this quartet, Garcia finished seventh recently on the PGA Tour in Mexico, while Reed was a runner-up in Bermuda.

Finally, the 2018 champion Danny Willett has a habit of winning big events, even if his week-to-week consistency is not brilliant, while long-driving Dean Burmester certainly has the tools to perform well on this layout.

The South African has twice tied-fourth here, so another each-way finish is definitely on the cards.

Course details

The Greg Norman-designed Earth Course was built to entice the big hitters and promote attacking golf.

Its fairways are wide, while trees and dense vegetation is hardly an issue.

Putting surfaces are big, quick and undulating, while many of the Great White Shark's greens are guarded by large, deep sand bunkers.

Water has an impact on just five holes, with four of these arriving deep into the back nine.

Although the Earth Course is long, it has not prevented 'short-hitter' Matt Fitzpatrick from winning here twice - most recently last December.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Earth Course Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37
Collin Morikawa 7 2
Rory McIlroy 1
Abraham Ancer 7 14 MC
Tyrrell Hatton MC 40 18 2 MC
Billy Horschel 33 36 1
Patrick Reed 61 56 2 68 MC
Paul Casey 31 25 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 64 30 1 20
Will Zalatoris MC 54 MC 14 11
Tommy Fleetwood 13 7 38 7 12
Shane Lowry MC MC 54 4 17
Sergio Garcia 7 25 MC
Lucas Herbert MC 1 MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 15 57 5
Min Woo Lee 4 8 2 39 58 MC
Ian Poulter MC MC 18 MC MC
Garrick Higgo 64 34 75 MC MC
Bernd Wiesberger 2 11 12 20
Robert MacIntyre 24 64 53 MC MC
Victor Perez 24 8 MC MC MC 49
Thomas Pieters 1 16 MC 39 9 9
Richard Bland 8 MC 9 4 57
Thomas Detry MC 22 22 MC MC 4 Dq
Dean Burmester 44 1 7 MC 30
Guido Migliozzi 44 MC 57 MC MC 17 MC
Laurie Canter MC 5 4 MC 2
Rasmus Hojgaard 47 63 MC MC
Joachim B Hansen 1 17 11 15 24 MC 22 20
Johannes Veerman MC MC 6 71
Martin Kaymer 13 34 60 45 25
Danny Willett MC 27 MC 21 1 MC 71
Justin Harding 55 53 MC 54 9 MC
Antoine Rozner 4 36 MC 56 MC 67
Calum Hill Wd 45 17 MC
Jamie Donaldson 51 MC 24 Wd 2
John Catlin 31 22 20 11 MC 54 MC
Sam Horsfield 44 12 MC 64 35
Nicolai Hojgaard 2 MC MC* 14 20
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 25 1 MC 67
Jason Scrivener 31 58 56 MC
Sean Crocker 8 17 45 MC MC Wd 9
Adri Arnaus 8 54 MC 2 24 MC
Marcus Armitage 19 36 MC 45 51 30
Masahiro Kawamura 59 37 MC MC 17
Francesco Laporta 2 7 MC 39 MC 6
Jeff Winther 69 1 56 MC 14 71
Grant Forrest 51 22 66 3 27 63
Adrian Meronk 8 25 20 MC MC
James Morrison 64 MC 4 MC MC MC
Alexander Bjork 19 30 MC 4 45 27
Tapio Pulkkanen 44 17 25 MC MC 17
Joakim Lagergren 64 49 39 2 MC 27
Maximilian Kieffer 17 36 63 71 MC 15 75
Andy Sullivan 4 54 Wd 53 54 MC
Padraig Harrington 8 12 MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 24 54 MC 20 45
Alexander Levy MC 36 60 12 MC 35
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Collin Morikawa 10
Rory McIlroy 4 20 9 1 2 5 1 11
Abraham Ancer
Tyrrell Hatton 8 46 22 8 2 13 6
Billy Horschel
Patrick Reed 3 28 2 10 10
Paul Casey 18 54 16
Matt Fitzpatrick 1 9 34 12 1 4
Will Zalatoris
Tommy Fleetwood 10 2 16 21 9 53 12 37
Shane Lowry 12 30 2 19 48 5 39 8
Sergio Garcia 6 9 4 19 12 9 11
Lucas Herbert 49
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 14 12
Min Woo Lee
Ian Poulter 43 44 51 31 42 21 2 26 22
Garrick Higgo 14
Bernd Wiesberger 36 28 45 4 17 16 34 42
Robert MacIntyre 23 14
Victor Perez 7 20
Thomas Pieters 36 6 12 58 40 22
Richard Bland 54
Thomas Detry 29 28 29
Dean Burmester 14 4 4
Guido Migliozzi 16
Laurie Canter 5
Rasmus Hojgaard 51
Joachim B Hansen 43 36
Johannes Veerman
Martin Kaymer 14 55 17 19 10 39 19 26 11
Danny Willett 32 5 1 50 4 21 26
Justin Harding 48 36
Antoine Rozner 36
Calum Hill
Jamie Donaldson 36 34 12 8 9 26
John Catlin 54
Sam Horsfield 63 41
Nicolai Hojgaard
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 20 18 21 23 22 9 14 40 26
Jason Scrivener 10
Sean Crocker 14
Adri Arnaus 10 28
Marcus Armitage 61
Masahiro Kawamura 14
Francesco Laporta
Jeff Winther
Grant Forrest 64
Adrian Meronk
James Morrison 59 53
Alexander Bjork 12 17
Tapio Pulkkanen
Joakim Lagergren 49 40
Maximilian Kieffer 48
Andy Sullivan 10 10 26 48 40 2 21
Padraig Harrington 46 9
Mikko Korhonen 28 57
Alexander Levy 34 36 27 46 26
No of Starters: 65 50 60 60 60 60 60 56 56 58

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