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As the European Tour heads into the business end of the campaign a number of big names are all in with a chance of swooping up to £2.9 million, and the Race to Dubai title at next month’s DP World Tour Championship.

Here is a look at what’s at stake and how things stand with just four weeks to go before the season finale at the iconic Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course.

Prize money

This year’s champion could pick up to £2.9 million come Sunday the Earth Course, with both the DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai titles offering cool financial reward.

The winner of the four day finale event will pick up the biggest prize in European golf – bigger than all four major prizes – by collecting £2.2 million, whilst the Race to Dubai champion will collect £700,000, from the £2.2 million prize pot on offer to the top eight players in the standings.

That means, if the victor of the season finale also does enough to win the season race, they will leave the United Arab Emirates a whopping £2.9 million richer.

How things stand

Heading into the final month of competition Collin Morikawa is the man to catch, as he is the man sat at the top of the Race to Dubai standings.

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The American sensation has excelled on the biggest stage this campaign, and cashed in on Race to Dubai points when winning this year’s Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

The 24-year-old has no doubt picked up valuable points when it truly matters, at major championships. A top 20 finish at the Masters, followed by a top 10 at the US Open and a top five at the PGA Championship has seen him consolidate his top spot without having to play too much European Tour golf.

Adding to this his WGC Workday Championship title at the beginning of the year, has meant Morikawa has put together a pretty impressive 2021 campaign resume.

Closely behind comes another American in Billy Horschel. Horschel has also cashed in on big point tournaments, most notably at World Golf Championships and Rolex Series events.

A second place at the WGC Workday behind Morikawa, and a WGC matchplay victory has seen him perform well at the co-sanctioned Tour events. 

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He then followed this up on European shores with a victory on the Tour’s flagship event the BMW PGA Championship last month, to move him well into the Race for the coveted end of season prize in Dubai.

Just behind Horschel comes the world’s best player in Jon Rahm. The world’s best golfer again has topped up his Race to Dubai points with four superb major performances, which came with victory at the US Open, a tied-third at the Open Championship, a tie for fifth at the Masters and a tied-eighth at the PGA Championship.

The Spaniard’s hot 2021 form combined with his experience of winning the Race to Dubai in 2019, makes him a hot candidate to win the title for a second time in three years.

In fourth comes Rahm’s Ryder Cup teammate, Tyrrell Hatton. The Englishman began 2021 in fine fashion by securing himself a Rolex Series win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the season opener.

Since then the 30-year-old’s European Tour season has been a quiet one, however a second place finish at this month’s Alfred Dunhill Championship behind Danny Willett has moved him back into contention with one month of competition to go.

Hatton’s English counterpart Matthew Fitzpatrick makes up the top five, and the Yorkshireman is no stranger to winning in the Dubai desert. 

The 27-year-old has won the season finale event twice, firstly in 2016 and then most recently last year, as the 2020 victory saw him finish second in the race standings behind current champion Lee Westwood.

The in-form Englishman also clinched his first victory of the season at the Andalucia Masters last week, putting him in good stead to one better than his 2020 campaign this time around.

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