This coming weekend sees the climax of the European PGA Tour season as a number of the top golfers from Europe and around the world will battle it out at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai to become the latest holder of the DP World Tour Championship trophy and with it the title of the World Tour Champion.
A field of 60 golfers have qualified for this event, which was designed to be a replacement for the Volvo Masters back in 2009. In addition to the large prize money on offer for the event, and the title of the Tour Champion for the winner, a further prize pool, the Race to Dubai Bonus Pool could also see the top ten golfers earn an additional $1 million for their efforts.
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With that in mind, let us now take a look ahead to the event and who out of the 60-strong field stands the best chance of success.
DP World Tour Championship – Dubai – Preview
2019 will be the 11th year that the tournament has been held, although initially it was called the Dubai World Championship. The list of previous winners of the event is extensive and includes some of the biggest names in European golf of modern times.
Roll of Honour – Winners of the DP World Tour Championship
- 2009 – Lee Westwood (England) (-23)
- 2010 – Robert Karlsson (Sweden) (-14)
- 2011 – Alvaro Quiros (Spain) (-19)
- 2012 – Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) (-23)
- 2013 – Henrik Stenson (Sweden) (-25)
- 2014 – Henrik Stenson (Sweden) (-16)
- 2015 – Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) (-21)
- 2016 – Matthew Fitzpatrick (England) (-17)
- 2017 – John Rahm (Spain) (-19)
- 2018 – Danny Willett (England) (-18)
Only two players, Henrik Stenson (2014+2105) and Rory McIlroy (2013+2016) have won the title twice previously. In terms of nationalities, we have had three winners from England and Sweden, while Northern Ireland and Spain have both provided two winners of the event.
Who Are The Big Challengers This Year?
- Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) – 4/1 with bet365 Sport
The former two-time winner of this title has already landed a massive pay check already this season after winning his second FedEx Cup with victory at the USPGA Tour Championship back in August. That win saw him win an incredible $15 million and he is only the second player to land multiple FedEx Cup victories. He has also tasted victory this year at the Players Championship, the RBC Canadian Open and also the recent WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. Although he didn’t land a Major this year, 2019 has been a superb year for the Northern Ireland star and it is clear to see why he is the clear favourite heading into the event in Dubai. He is the highest ranked player in the field, listed as the number 2 player in the world behind only Brooks Koepka.
- Jon Rahm (Spain) – 13/2 with bet365 Sport
25-year old Spaniard Jon Rahm has enjoyed another fine year in what is proving to be an intriguing start to his career as a professional. He has three wins on tour this year, victories at the Zurich Classic in April, the Irish Open in July and then the Open de Espana in Madrid in October, shooting a fantastic 22 under par. He also finished a creditable 3rd at the US Open at pebble Beach back in June and was tied eleventh a month later in the British Open. Now ranked fifth in the world, Rahm’s consistency has been the foundation for his success.
- Tommy Fleetwood (England) – 16/1 with bet365 Sport
Few golfers are as hard working as Tommy Fleetwood who has racked up 52 events in the past year, a number which only three other golfers in the World’s top 20 can match (Tonu Finau, Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama). The 28-year-old finished second in the Open Championship this year, six shots behind winner Shane Lowry. He comes into this competition in great form having won last weekend at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Siouth Africa, defeating Marcus Kinhult in a playoff. In terms of form heading into the event, Fleetwood seems to be the player to beat.
Other Notable Players and Prices
- 18/1 – Justin Rose, Tyrell Hatton, Patrick Reed
- 20/1 – Matthew Fitzpatrick, Louis Oosthuizen
- 22/1 – Henrik Stenson
- 28/1 – Paul Casey
- 30/1 – Matthias Schwab, Bernd Wiesberger
- 33/1 – Shane Lowry, Robert MacIntyre
- 40/1 – bar
Who will win the DP World Tour Championship?
Although the field does possess a number of top quality stars, including the likes of Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson, as well as the likes of Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood, it is hard to back against Rory McIlroy here. The Northern Irishman has enjoyed a fine year, winning a number of key events and although a Major title has eluded him, his return to form has seen him emerge as the only serious contender for Brooks Koepka’s World Number 1 spot.
A win in FedEx Cup followed by another victory at the HSBC event in Shanghai shows that McIlroy is well rested despite having played in 49 events over the past year. He may be the shortest price, but he is that for a good reason and I think he is the best option for a win only bet.
Bet365 do pay out up to the first five places at ¼ of the stated odds on each way bets and in this respect I think Francesco Molinari at 45/1 is always worth a look, with the Italian enjoying another fine season.
*All odds shown in this article were correct as of 12.10pm on Monday 18th November 2019