DP World Tour Championship Tips and Betting Offers, Jumeirah Golf Estate, 19th-22nd November 2015
After a year of intense competition, with 47 tournaments played so far in 26 different nations around the world, the European Tour has finally reached its climax. The destination for the top 60 in the Race to Dubai is the Jumeirah Golf Estate, with the victor crowned this Sunday on the resplendent Earth Course. Whoever takes the DP World Tour Championship title will take their share of an $8 million prize fund, plus a five year exemption from qualifying for the European Tour, while picking up the Harry Vardon Trophy could mean a whole lot more to a select group.
World number three Rory McIlroy leads the Race to Dubai rankings, and victory at Jumeirah will secure victory. If neither McIlroy nor Rose makes the top two, Danny Willett will secure the crown by finishing ahead of the pair. Rose can take the crown, as can Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Byeong-hun An.
The winner of this week’s tournament picks up 1,330,000 points, so if any of the seven left in the hunt take the spoils, the Race to Dubai crown, the purse and the 10-year Tour exemption will be theirs. There will be a tense battle lower in the order as well, with a bonus pool providing the top 15 with winnings of their own. Therefore, there is an awful lot on offer in Dubai this weekend.
All eyes will be on McIlroy and Willett, who are separated by just 1,613 points, but world number six Justin Rose will be considered the next in the line to the crown. Rose, who won the European Tour Order of Merit before its rebranding, had not originally planned to take place in this competition. However, a win in Hong Kong and a tied seventh finish in Shanghai at the BMW Masters means Rose will take home the title with victory, if McIlroy and Willett finish third or worse.
Rose has pedigree in the Race to Dubai, with two successive top three finishes, and the Englishman has also finished second twice in this tournament. This week could be where Rose goes one better in both and takes home the Race to Dubai title, and Ladbrokes are offering 8/1 on the 2013 US Open champion doing just that.
Of course, there is a wide field besides those competing for the Race to Dubai title, and among them is Henrik Stenson. The Swede is currently 16th, but has previous at Jumeirah and will be confident of making the top 15, therefore securing his stake of the bonus pool. Stenson has won the DP World Tour Championship for the last two years, adding to his course record 25 under score in 2013 with another win last year, edging out Victor Dubuisson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose by two strokes.
Stenson seems to have the magic touch when it comes to this tournament, although the field is packed with quality this year. And besides, how many players win a tournament of this magnitude three times in succession? Stenson is at short odds this week, with Ladbrokes offering 7/1 on the Swede winning at Jumeirah, but it may be worth adding him to your staking plan as an each way bet with much more at stake for some of his fellow competitors.