The DP World Tour Championship

It is a sign of a successful season when a player can miss big-money events at the end of the season and still walk away as Race to Dubai champion. That man is Rory McIlroy. Having already missed the BMW Masters and the WGC HSBC Champions to take care of a long-standing dispute with his former management company, Rory will nevertheless tee-it-up at Jumeirah Golf Estates on 20th November with an (all-but) unassailable lead in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Despite having played just 14 events on the European Tour this season, Rory has amassed €5,400,700…an average of €385,764 per event. To put that in perspective, his nearest challenger in the R2D rankings, Jamie Donaldson, has €2,457,164 from 23 events, at an average of €106,833 per event. Now that’s still not bad…over €100k every tournament you play…but Rory stands in a league of his own this season.

And that’s hardly surprising. Since the peak years of Tiger Woods’ career, seasons in which a player wins more than one major are rare. After securing his first Open Championship in July, Rory followed up with the PGA Championship in October. That was his second PGA Championship title, and his 4th major. With his elevation to World Number 1, and a sparkling performance at the Ryder Cup, the hot-topic once again amongst fans and media is whether Rory will surpass Tiger, and possibly Jack, to become the greatest player the game has ever known. That’s to be decided in years to come. But for now, Rory is golf’s brightest star and soon the residents on the UAE will be able to see Rory, plus the cream of the European Tour players, as they battle it out at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

This will be the 6th edition of the season-ending tournament, played across the rolling fairways of the Greg Norman designed Earth course, and once again the team at Jumeirah Golf Estates are busy adding the final touches to both the course and the spectator facilities. As usual, tickets to the event are free and can be found in a variety of stores, publications or at the gate. The Championship village will once again provide a place for fans to eat, drink and shop, while still keeping their eyes on the action via the huge screens that will beam uninterrupted coverage of all the action on the course.

For fidgety kids, there will be a variety of great distractions, and for those who like their golf a little more “boisterous”, the Left Bank Bar will once again be stationed next to the signature Par 3 17th hole. Jumeirah Golf Estates is a magnificent, beautiful property, and a quite wonderful place to get away from the noise, dust and heat of the big city, and I’d highly recommend everyone – whether you’re a fan of golf or not – to come down to the course from 20th – 23rd November to experience this unique event. The fact that it’s free and that the world’s best golfers are on display is purely icing on the cake.

See you there, Total Golfers!

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