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PGA European - DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd
SITE: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,675
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 454 Yds10 - Par 4 437 Yds
2 - Par 5 583 Yds11 - Par 4 401 Yds
3 - Par 4 452 Yds12 - Par 4 476 Yds
4 - Par 3 245 Yds13 - Par 3 204 Yds
5 - Par 4 407 Yds14 - Par 5 626 Yds
6 - Par 3 186 Yds15 - Par 4 371 Yds
7 - Par 5 572 Yds16 - Par 4 486 Yds
8 - Par 4 461 Yds17 - Par 3 195 Yds
9 - Par 4 499 Yds18 - Par 5 620 Yds
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36 3,859 Yds36 3,816 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 3-8 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2:30-7:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Henrik Stenson
Runner-Up:  Ian Poulter
Tournament Record:  263 (Henrik Stenson, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, 2012; Henrik Stenson 2013)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Alvaro Quiros, 2011; Henrik Stenson, 2013)
Course Record:  62 (Justin Rose, 2012)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,333,330; 2nd Place - $888,900; 3rd Place - $520,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Henrik Stenson263Lee Westwood273
Ian Poulter269Rory McIlroy273
Victor Dubuisson271Jamie Donaldson274
Joost Luiten272Miguel Angel Jimenez274
Luke Donald273Two players at275
 
Past DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Henrik Stenson (263) -- Ian Poulter
2012Rory McIlroy (265) -- Justin Rose
2011Alvaro Quiros (269) -- Paul Lawrie
2010*Robert Karlsson (274) -- Ian Poulter
2009Lee Westwood (265) -- Ross McGowan

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Dubai World Championship (2009-11).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20092010201120122013
Henrik StensonT-23T-24---T-7Won
Ian PoulterT-92ndT-22T-262nd
Victor Dubuisson---------T-363rd
Joost Luiten---T-26T-51T-164th
Rory McIlroy3rd5thT-11WonT-5
Luke DonaldT-379th3rdT-3T-5
Lee WestwoodWonT-3T-29T-48T-5
Jamie DonaldsonT-23T-48T-26T-9T-8
Miguel A. JimenezT-9T-48T-44T-16T-8
Justin RoseT-50------2ndT-10
Francesco MolinariT-30T-6T-6T-3413th
Graeme McDowellT-30T-13T-11T-52T-17
Martin KaymerT-37T-13T-11T-26T-19
Matteo Manassero---T-32T-34T-42T-21
Louis Oosthuizen12thT-13T-65thT-32
George Coetzee------T-22T-26T-32
Nicolas Colsaerts------T-19T-34T-42
Branden Grace---------6thT-52
Sergio GarciaT-7T-21T-11T-9---
Brooks Koepka---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Henrik Stenson
Darkhorse - Wade Ormsby
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ian Poulter) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Thorbjorn Olesen) - Finished 72nd
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - SA Open (Martin Kaymer) - Finished tied for 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse - SA Open (Jaco Van Zyl) - Finished tied for 33rd
 
NOTES:The 2014 European Tour season comes to a close this week as the DP
World Tour Championship, Dubai takes center stage on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The top 60 players in the Race to Dubai qualified for this event. The purse for this tournament is $8 million, with the winner earning $1.33 million.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has already clinched his second Race to Dubai title in the last three years without playing in over a month. McIlroy, who has won four times on the European Tour this season, is the only player that has more than two victories this year. He won two major championships (British Open and PGA Championship) in 2014 to give him four career major titles. McIlroy has already been named the PGA Tour Player of the Year and finished atop the PGA Tour money list, and is a lock to capture both titles on the European Tour.

McIlroy will receive $1 million for winning the Race to Dubai, with second place earning $650,000. The top 10 players in the Race to Dubai will win part of the $3.75 million payout. Henrik Stenson, the 2013 Race to Dubai winner, is currently second in the Race to Dubai, 98,339 euros ahead of Jamie Donaldson.

There are 21 different countries represented by the 60 players (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United States and Wales). England has the most players with 16.

The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in 2009. The 2009 event was the first competitive tournament held at the site.

Last year, Stenson closed with his second 8-under 64 of the week in the final round to cruise to a 6-stroke win over Ian Poulter. Stenson finished with a tournament record score of 25-under-par 263. With his eighth European Tour title, Stenson became the first man to win the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour's FedExCup in the same season.

In 2012, McIlroy birdied the final five holes to rally and win the season-ending tournament. McIlroy closed with a 6-under 66 to end at 23-under-par 265. Prior to the start of the event, McIlroy had already clinched the season-long Race to Dubai.

In 2011, Alvaro Quiros won for the second time that season and sixth overall. He carded rounds of 68-64-70-67 to shoot 19-under 269. It was the first time Quiros won twice in a season after winning once in each of the previous four years. Luke Donald captured the season-long Race to Dubai for 2011.

Robert Karlsson birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Poulter in 2010. He knocked in a 4-footer, but caught a huge break from his opponent. Poulter hit an indifferent third into the par-5 18th hole, leaving himself close to 45 feet for birdie. He dropped his ball on his marker and the marker moved, meaning Poulter was given a 1-shot penalty. Poulter now had 45 feet for par and lagged his effort close. Karlsson now needed two putts from four feet, but drained the birdie putt for his 11th European Tour title and second of 2010. The pair finished regulation tied at 14-under 274. Martin Kaymer captured the season-long Race to Dubai for 2010.

Westwood birdied five of his first seven holes in the final round in 2009 and cruised home with a 6-stroke win over Ross McGowan at the inaugural event. Westwood closed with an 8-under 64 to finish at 23- under-par 265 for his 20th European Tour title. The victory also gave Westwood a $1.5 million bonus as the winner of the season-long Race to Dubai, claiming the European Tour's money title for the second time. Westwood had a near-perfect final round, hitting all 14 fairways and all 18 greens in regulation during his bogey-free round.

The 2014-15 European Tour schedule gets under way in two weeks in South Africa at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, where Thomas Bjorn won in 2013.

11/18 14:39:57 ET

As of November 18, 2014, at 02:41 PM ET

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