The 2018/19 European Tour season will come to a close this week when the top 50 players in the Race To Dubai standings are invited to compete in the prestigious and lucrative DP World Tour Championship.
This will be the sixth time during the current calendar year that the Tour has visited the Persian Gulf, where next Sunday the eventual champion will receive the biggest-ever pay cheque in the history of professional golf.
Whoever completes 72 holes in the fewest strokes, will walk away with (US)$3m on November 24th.
This will be more than double the amount of cash handed over to last year's winner Danny Willett and larger than any cheque given to a major champion or anyone on the PGA Tour.
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However, the overall prize fund in Dubai will remain the same as in 2018, but with 10 fewer golfers teeing-up in the tournament.
This massive hike in money awarded for first place, also means a huge increase in Race To Dubai points for the eventual champion, thus increasing the number of players who can potentially take home the trophy for being the new European No 1 for 2019.
Magic McIlroy Headlines in UAE
Heading to the Middle East in search of this huge pot of gold will be Rory McIlroy whose record in the region, during the past decade, is better than anyone's.
One glance at the 30-year-old's performance history in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will probably be enough to scare off most of his competitors in the Gulf next week.
Since the start of 2009, when he was still a teenager, this is how McIlroy's record in the UAE looks:
In 26 starts, in almost 11 years, he has only twice finished outside the top-dozen, while standing on the podium in more than half of these events.
And he's been in fantastic form too for the past 12 months. The world No 2 has won four tournaments - including the Players' Championship at Sawgrass - during 2019 and in 24 outings this calendar year has finished inside the top-10 75% of the time.
His opponents had better watch out in what is usually one of his favourite playgrounds.
European Tour Data
Scoring Performance Ratings For Tournaments Staged In The *Gulf States (Since Jan 1st 2015)
Rating .... (Events - Average)
2.89: Rory McIlroy (9 - 67.83)
1.37: Sergio Garcia (10 - 69.22)
1.27: Henrik Stenson (15 - 69.35)
1.25: Joost Luiten (18 - 69.82)
1.14: Tyrrell Hatton (16 - 69.57)
1.10: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (17 - 69.66)
1.06: Martin Kaymer (15 - 69.67)
0.99: Alex Noren (12 - 69.98)
0.92: Li Hao Tong (10 - 69.38)
0.92: Matt Wallace (8 - 69.63)
Click here to view the full list of Ratings for scoring performances in the Gulf States, along with an explanation of how the Ratings work
Average Tournament Positions in *Gulf States (Since Jan 1st 2015)
Average .... (Events)
5.22: Rory McIlroy (9)
17.58: Byeong-Hun An (12)
20.69: Branden Grace (13)
25.36: Alexander Bjork (11)
25.53: Martin Kaymer (15)
25.91: Ian Poulter (11)
26.17: Joost Luiten (18)
26.92: Alexander Noren (12)
27.59: Rafa Cabrera Bello (17)
28.69: Tyrrell Hatton (16)
29.20: Sergio Garcia (10)
29.60: Henrik Stenson (15)
Min. No. of Events = 8
Most Top-20 Finishes in *Gulf States (Since Jan 1st 2015)
10: Byeong-Hun An
10: Henrik Stenson
9: Rafa Cabrera Bello
9: Rory McIlroy
9: Bernd Wiesberger
9: Tyrrell Hatton
8: Joost Luiten
8: Martin Kaymer
Most Top-10 Finishes in *Gulf States (Since Jan 1st 2015)
8: Rory McIlroy
7: Henrik Stenson
6: Tyrrell Hatton
5: Byeong-Hun An
5: Bernd Wiesberger
5: Tommy Fleetwood
5: Joost Luiten
5: Sergio Garcia
*Gulf States = United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & Oman
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Table Below Lists Last 10 Events In Gulf States For Top 100 In Race To Dubai Standings (Positions Ahead Of Nedbank Challenge)
Events: 1 - `19 Qatar Masters; 2 - `19 Oman Open; 3 - `19 Saudi Int.; 4 - `19 Omega Dubai Desert Classic; 5 - `19 Abu Dhabi HSBC Ch`ship; 6 - `18 DP World Tour Ch`ship; 7 - `18 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters; 8 - `18 NBO Oman Open; 9 - `19 Omega Dubai Desert Classic; 10 - `18 Abu Dhabi HSBC Ch`ship
Note: Players Listed In R2D Order Ahead Of Sun City