Several of The European Tour’s biggest names can make major strides in securing places at the end of season DP World Tour Championship, Dubai this weekend at the first of two lucrative Tour events on US soil.
With over $16.75m in prize-money on offer, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will take place from Thursday (1 August) at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, while the US PGA Championship has also attracted a star-studded field for the fourth Major of the year at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York from 8-11 August.
Among the big guns on show will be a host of leading European Tour stars who will have targeted a place at the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, to be staged on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 14-17 November.
Only the top 60 players on The European Tour prior to the final event of the season will qualify for the $8 million DP World Tour Championship, which also offers a Race to Dubai Bonus Pool of $3.75m to be divided amongst the top ten players in The Race to Dubai at the conclusion of the tournament.
“With two of the biggest and most lucrative events of the year coming back to back over the next two weekends, we should expect to see some significant moves in The Race to Dubai standings,” said Nick Tarratt, European Tour Director International, Dubai Office.
“While US Open Champion Justin Rose, former US Open Champion Graeme McDowell and Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have earned enough to guarantee a top 60 spot, there are many others who will be after the security and peace of mind that comes with a tournament win or top ten finish.”
The latest leg of The Race to Dubai, the M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club in Moscow saw victory and a cheque for €166,660 go to Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey.
Hoey’s fifth European Tour victory of his career saw him move up to 81st place in The Race to Dubai just €75,000 away from a place in the top 60. The Race to Dubai will return to European soil on 22 August for the staging of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland.
“It’s a great feeling to win and every time you do it you just want more and more,” said the 34 year-old, who finished in a tie for 52nd place in last year’s DP World Tour Championship. “It has given me a great boost – I am not the most consistent player in the world but when I get into these positions I usually do OK.”