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|
|3||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||2,057,395|
|8||Richard Sterne||South Africa||1,457,145|
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.
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|
|23||Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|56||Eduardo De La Riva|
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