Now in its 10th year, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai will be contested by the top 60 players on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex on 15 – 18 November 2018 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Set against the backdrop of Dubai’s glittering city skyline, the tournament marks the final Rolex Series event of 2018. Launched in 2017, the Rolex Series presents a global programme of golfing showpieces on the European Tour, which Rolex has partnered since 1997.
The elite field is set to include many of the stars from the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup Team, including Testimonees Thorbjørn Olesen and Jon Rahm, who will be defending his 2017 title.
For 28-year-old Olesen, victory on Jumeirah’s Earth Course would make for the Dane’s second Rolex Series win in the same calendar year, after winning the Italian Open in June. In doing so, he would follow in the footsteps of 24-year-old Rahm, who won the 2017 Irish Open ahead of being crowned the winner in Dubai.
The Spaniard said: “I’m excited to return to Dubai and defend my title. It will be all the more special to do so alongside teammates from The Ryder Cup, which was an unbelievable experience for me.” Fellow players from the Rolex golf family contending the DP World Tour Championship include Rahm’s compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello, who is also a previous Rolex Series winner; Belgians Thomas Pieters, a three-time European Tour winner, and Thomas Detry; 2016 DP World Tour Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, from England; and Haotong Li, from China, who won his second European Tour event early this year in Dubai.
RACE TO DUBAI
Established in 2009, the season-long Race to Dubai concludes at the DP World Tour Championship, with the leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex crowned alongside the tournament winner, to wrap up a season comprising 47 tournaments spanning 30 countries.