The tournament was first held in 2009 when the Order of Merit was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is contested by the leading 60 players in the Race to Dubai at the start of the tournament. It is the replacement for the Volvo Masters, which was a similar event for the leading 60 money winners on the Order of Merit.
The Race to Dubai is a season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s number one player.
The winner of the former stands to bank $3m, the biggest single tournament winner’s prize in the sport. Whoever wins the Race to Dubai , the European Tour’s order of merit, meanwhile, will pocket $2m. Should a player be lucky enough to bag the double, they will sign off this most disrupted of seasons $5m richer.
Starting in 2019, the DP World Tour Championship format is a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament with no handicaps or cut. The player who wins the event earns 2,000 Race to Dubai points , and each player completing the event earns points . At the conclusion, the points leader wins the season-long race .
There are big names missing and the absence of Rory McIlroy , Jon Rahm, Paul Casey and Justin Rose removes a fair amount of stardust.
Everyone who makes it to final stage gains at least Category 15 Membership of the Challenge Tour . All those who compete in any part of European Tour Q-School are eligible for Associate 1 Membership, from where you can expect to get at least a couple of Challenge Tour starts the following season.
The Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule and comprises the most prestigious events on the tour: the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open; the BMW PGA Championship; and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
The winner gets $3 million and the rest of the field is paid based on a $5 million purse with normal distribution. The DP World Tour Championship field is headed by Viktor Hovland, Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood.
Francesco Molinari (born 8 November 1982) is an Italian professional golfer. He won the 2018 Open Championship, his first and only major victory, and the first major won by an Italian professional golfer. European Tour wins (6)
|Date||6 May 2012|
|Tournament||Reale Seguros Open de España|
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Lee Westwood has never won a major . He didn’t win the BMW PGA at Wentworth on Sunday either. Westwood’s finish down the stretch at Wentworth gave an insight as to why he hasn’t won a major .