Race to Dubai 2013 Standings: Updated Outlook After Turkish Airlines Open

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 10: Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his tee shot at the par 3, 14th hole during the final round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 10, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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After a competitive finish at the Turkish Airlines Open, the 60-man field is now set for the year-end DP World Tour Championships in Dubai. 

Victor Dubuisson won the latest event by shooting 24 strokes under par, holding off an impressive leaderboard that included Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. While this is the French star's first European Tour win of the year, it greatly affected the Race to Dubai Standings.

The victory puts Dubuisson into ninth place entering the final tournament of the season, up 40 spots from where he was last week.

Meanwhile, the action of the top remains extremely close after Rose was able to narrow the gap on current leader Stenson, according to Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel:

Stenson heads into the final event with a 213,467-point lead, but the battle for the top spot is still very much alive. Here is a look at the top 10 entering the Dubai World Championships:

Race to Dubai Standings Top 10
1Henrik StensonSweden2,379,194
2Justin RoseEngland2,165,727
3Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland2,057,395
4Ian PoulterEngland2,035,288
5Jamie DonaldsonWales1,787,159
6Gonzalo Fdez-CastanoSpain1,559,462
7Thongchai JaideeThailand1,464,747
8Richard SterneSouth Africa1,457,145
9Victor DubuissonFrance1,444,069
10Thomas BjornDenmark1,407,779
via EuropeanTour.com

It is hard to quantify just how good Stenson has been in the past few months. After earning a top-three finish at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, the Swedish player earned the FedEx Cup title with a victory at the Tour Championship in September.

If this monster payday was not enough, he is now seeking another big bonus in Dubai as the leader of the European Tour.

Of course, Rose has also put together an excellent year, including a victory at the U.S. Open. Based on his third-place finish in Turkey, he is prepared to challenge for another huge win.

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 10:  Justin Rose of England lines up a putt at the par 4, 17th hole during the final round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 10, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by David Cannon/G
David Cannon/Getty Images

Additionally, experienced golfers like Poulter and Graeme McDowell will present quite a challenge at this loaded event. With Dubuisson and Jamie Donaldson also looking to build off momentum from recent success, anyone can truly win.

Still, the Race to Dubai is more than just the names at the top. Instead, it is simply an honor to qualify for the year-end tournament based on points as only 60 men will get an invitation to the prestigious event.

This proved to be quite a challenge, even for some of the biggest names on tour. Looking outside of the top 40, you will see a number of stars like Louis Oosthuizen (42nd), Rory McIlroy (47th) and Luke Donald (59th).

McIlroy might be the most disappointing name on this list after winning this event a year ago. He simply has not seemed like himself and struggled throughout the season, although he still had enough points to qualify for Dubai.

Former major winners Paul Lawrie (63rd) and Padraig Harrington (68th) were not as fortunate and find themselves on the outside looking in.

As a result, fans are left to see only the 60 best players from 2013 competing on a big stage. Here is a look at the remaining qualified competitors from the Race to Dubai standings, courtesy of EuropeanTour.com:

Race to Dubai Standings
11Matteo Manassero
12Peter Uihlein
13Sergio Garcia
14Francesco Molinari
15Brett Rumford
16Branden Grace
17Ernie Els
18Stephen Gallacher
19Joost Luiten
20David Howell
21Lee Westwood
22Charl Schwartzel
23Miguel Angel Jimenez
24Mikko Ilonen
25Martin Kaymer
26Tommy Fleetwood
27Bernd Wiesberger
28Paul Casey
29Gregory Bourdy
30Chris Wood
31Scott Jamieson
32Marc Warren
33Thorbjorn Olesen
34Pablo Larrazabal
35Shane Lowry
36Raphael Jacquelin
37Nicolas Colsaerts
38Kiradech Aphibarnrat
39Julien Quesne
40Thomas Aiken
41Ross Fisher
42Louis Oosthuizen
43Felipe Aguilar
44Marcus Fraser
45Rafa Cabrera-Bello
46Rory McIlroy
47Darren Fichardt
48David Lynn
49Marcel Siem
50George Coetzee
51Alex Noren
52Jonas Blixt
53Simon Khan
54Alejandro Canizares
55Peter Hanson
56Eduardo De La Riva
57Garth Mulroy
58Craig Lee
59Luke Donald
60David Horsey
via EuropeanTour.com


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