McIlroy Looking To Retain DP World Tour Championship in Dubai !
Rory McIlroy launches the defence of his title at the DP World Tour Championship and bids for his fourth Race to Dubai title on Thursday when he tees off with Sweden’s in-form Alex Noren at 12:30 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates who host this seasons finale for the eighth consecutive year.
McIlroy said of his place in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex: “It’s been a while since I’ve been in that spot. It’s a big incentive for me to try and get that back,”
Four players from the field of 60 who have the chance to take the crown of European Number One this Sunday, including Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, currently fourth and Race to Dubai champion in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Swede Henrik Stenson, 40, current Race to Dubai Leader, 2016 Open Champion, two time winner of this event and 2013 Race to Dubai champion will tee off in the final pairing at 12.40 with 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett, with Noren being the fourth contender.
Tyrrell Hatton, Dunhill Links winner, is playing with South Africa’s Branden Grace at 12:20, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryder Cup star, is out at 12:10 with former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen. Chris Wood, BMW PGA Champion is paired with Thorbjorn Olesen, Turkish Airlines Open winner at 12:00.
Bernd Wiesberger, currently 11th in the R2D will be looking for a top ten finish to gain a share of the $5million Bonus Pool, as will Lee Westwood, currently 12th in the R2D and with 23 European Tour wins, teeing off at 11:50.
Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan, ranked 13th and 14th in The Race to Dubai and Ryder Cup team mates, tee off at 11:40 with Sergio Garcia and Haotong Li teeing off at 11:10.
The last player to qualify, Felipe Aguilar will take the opening tee shot at 07:40 hours and is paired with Rafael Jacquelin.
A great weekend of golf to look forward to in the DP World Tour Championship with a prize of 1.2 million Euros and the crowning of the European Tour champion on Sunday.