Race To Dubai 2019: Preview stats for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship

Race To Dubai 2019
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Andy Swales looks ahead to the DP World Tour Championship where a new record first prize is on offer, while the stats suggest it could be another huge pay day for Rory McIlroy....

"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."

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:

Starts: 26
Wins: 4
Top-3: 14
Top-10: 23

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

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bernd Wiesberger 55 MC MC MC 42 32 15
Jon Rahm 4
Shane Lowry 12 1 30
Matthew Fitzpatrick 16 34 MC 3
Rory McIlroy 20 2 3
Tyrrell Hatton 38 MC 22 3 15
Matt Wallace MC 2 16 2 19 44 37 32
Erik Van Rooyen 2 MC MC 32 26 59
Victor Perez MC 61 13 29 54 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 16 42 16 6 1
Kurt Kitayama 20 1 MC 71 67
Louis Oosthuizen 4 MC
Robert MacIntyre 31 45 44 63
Matthias Schwab 31 MC 24 64 22 61 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 18 MC MC 27 61 9 MC 32
Danny Willett 1 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 2 67 MC 69 MC 28 44
Jorge Campillo 2 2 42 56 54 51 4 MC 14
Paul Waring 55 MC 54 3 6 19 44 MC MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 11 18 6 40
Romain Langasque MC 45 44 20
Sergio Garcia Dq 3 9 32
Justin Harding 1 MC 11 7
Ian Poulter 6 3 6 51 6 MC
Francesco Molinari 26
Hao Tong Li 2 12 MC 30 1 MC
Paul Casey 9
Andrea Pavan MC 31 34 MC MC 22 13 16
Joost Luiten 12 6 MC 3 22 1 MC 48
Justin Rose MC 22
Patrick Reed 56 2
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 2 27 13 MC 32 30 10 MC MC 40
Tony Finau
Richard Sterne 13 MC 2 45 37 67 19
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 18 MC MC 22 3 16
Adri Arnaus 14 45 MC 29 22
Henrik Stenson MC MC MC 12 6 8
David Lipsky MC MC 24 MC 16 6 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 63
Thomas Pieters MC 6 22 29 16 12 32 5
Lee Westwood MC 7 16 20 MC MC
Andy Sullivan 11 70 MC MC 32 26 34 16 6 53
Matthew Southgate 42 63 51 69 42 18 MC 9 57 MC
Tom Lewis MC 3 48 9 7
Jordan Smith 62 12 54 29 11 12 MC 26 MC 61
Scott Hend MC 31 6 48 27 70 56 37 22
Aaron Rai MC 34 29 54 48 19 37 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 38 49 Ret 1 44 MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 29 49 41 MC MC 61 69
Mikko Korhonen 18 31 44 38 MC 57 MC MC 61 22
Sebastian Soderberg 20 21 MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen MC 6 24 61 54
Masahiro Kawamura 20 56
Ryan Fox 6 MC 27 45 MC 32
Billy Horschel
Andrew Johnston 24 MC 12 45 9
Nicolas Colsaerts 27 40 61 48 42 34 51 32
Richie Ramsay 69 MC MC 56 69 MC 6 40
Jason Scrivener 7 16 19 MC 6 48
George Coetzee 2 MC MC 38 MC 8 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 67 MC 29 MC 41 MC MC 61 48
Alex Noren 9
Pablo Larrazabal 27 MC 64 20 6 4 44 MC MC
Oliver Wilson 2 56
Scott Jamieson 38 9 MC MC 11 61 51 MC
Thomas Detry 11 40 42 48 65 29 39 31 22 9
Chris Paisley 48 9 24 56 MC 34 5 5
Nacho Elvira 2 MC MC MC MC 39 MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 24 22 55 19 27
Gavin Green 31 MC 11 MC 32 68 45
Kalle Samooja 48 MC MC 16 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 9 51 22
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC MC MC 49 45 MC MC 53
Steven Brown MC MC MC MC MC 39 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 3 65 19 MC MC 61
Zander Lombard MC 45 18 70 MC 65 MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC 45 30 73 71 MC 51 45 53
Fabrizio Zanotti 11 2 24 29 32 45 7 MC 9
Wade Ormsby MC 64 MC 30 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 34 MC 49 72 16 45 MC
Julian Suri MC
Sean Crocker MC 18 MC MC MC 28 MC MC
Justin Walters 27 31 44 MC 42 45
Ross Fisher 55 MC 13 24 54 47 45 2
Sam Horsfield 34 MC 32 41 MC MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 38 24 MC MC 4 10 12 22 40
David Drysdale Ret 23 MC MC MC MC 23 MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 18 MC 54 4 MC MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC MC 67 MC 39 9 57 61
Jeff Winther 14 12 MC MC 21
David Law MC MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters 62 9 MC 67 MC 45 MC 51 MC
Grant Forrest 69 MC MC 42 53
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC MC 5 MC MC 48
Maximilian Kieffer 14 2 57 MC 22 MC 23 32 MC
Dave Horsey 72 12 MC MC 11 13 MC 22 MC
Alexander Bjork 48 20 32 12 19 12 6 MC
Brandon Stone 69 31 MC MC MC 57 MC MC MC 61
Callum Shinkwin Wd 56 54 19 56 MC MC

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