Fantasy Tour continues this week with the Volvo Golf Champions

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Race to Dubai Fantasy Tour

Race to Dubai Fantasy Tour

The 2011 European Tour Fantasy Race continues with the Volvo Golf Champions at the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain this week so time to either change your team, enter a team or simply sit back, confident your chosen 15 will deliver in the second of four consecutive big money events in the Middle East.

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Last week, German Martin Kaymer successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title with an emphatic eight-shot victory, moving him up to World Number Two behind Lee Westwood.

Congratulations to OmarB, whose team of Razor Backs gained €1,080,372 in prize money to top the first weekly leaderboard and will receive a European Tour Shoe Bag and Pitch Repair Kit.

The Razor Backs team included all the top four finishers in Abu Dhabi, as well as Gareth Maybin, who finished in a two-way tie for fifth.

Now focus turns to Bahrain and you can make up to five changes to your team before 00:00 GMT on Thursday, 27th January.

And if you missed the first event, enter this week and even those with a slight headstart will have gained little advantage as there is still so much to be played for this season.

Plus there are of course some fantastic weekly, monthly and season prizes including European Tour merchandise, stacks of Titleist equipment or the ultimate prize of a five-night holiday to Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai with two business class tickets with Emirates and golf at Jumeirah Golf Estates – it is definitely worth playing the game!

And once again we have a few tips to help you with the At-a-Glance Form Guide.

The tee-times are out so see what time your 15 players are off, and make sure they are playing as well!

The Colin Montgomerie-designed course is hosting a European Tour event for the first time so there is no past form to go on but the course has the hallmarks of a classic Montgomerie / European Golf Design as an authentic links golf experience in the desert, with fast running fairways and open approaches to firm greens to promote the ground game.

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The Race to Dubai on The 2011 European Tour International Schedule has been released with all the extra events in the race

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2011 European Schedule

The Race to Dubai on The 2011 European Tour International Schedule, featuring a minimum of 50 tournaments in 29 different destinations, including  new events in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Malaysia and Sicily,  will conclude with the Dubai World Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 8-11.

As a consequence of the later finish to The Race to Dubai in 2011, it is anticipated that The European Tour’s International Schedule will, in future, be played within the same calendar year, with the 2012 season commencing in mid January of that year and culminating in late November.

Three new events   – the Volvo Golf Champions at The Royal Golf Club, Kingdom of Bahrain, from January 27-30, the Sicilian Open from March 17-20 and the Iskandar Johor Open from November 17-20  -  appear on a schedule further enhanced by the return of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in addition to the biennial team events, The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

The sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 20-23 will launch a month-long “Gulf Swing” taking in the Volvo Golf Champions – one of three Volvo-sponsored tournaments – and the established Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. This will be the 14th Qatar Masters and the 22nd Dubai Desert Classic.

Wentworth Club will, for the 31st time and the 28th in succession, host The European Tour’s flagship event – the BMW PGA Championship – from May 26-29, one of three tournaments in six weeks organised by the German car manufacturer with the BMW Italian Open from June 9-12 and the BMW International Open from June 23-26.

New venues for The 2011 Race to Dubai will include those hosting the Ballantine’s Championship (Blackstone Golf Club, Seoul), the Hassan II Golf Trophy (Golf de Palais et Golf de L’Océan, Agadir) and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup (Mission Hills Resort, Hainan island).

For the first time, three of the four Major Championships will be defended by European Tour Members in 2011 – the US Open Championship at Congressional Country Club (Graeme McDowell), The Open Championship at Royal St George’s (Louis Oosthuizen) and the US PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club (Martin Kaymer).

Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “We are extremely encouraged that The 2011 Race to Dubai comprises not only many of our established tournaments in addition to some new events and venues but also three significant month-long runs in designated locations. We start with four weeks in South Africa then four in the Gulf and later in the year there is a similar sequence with the Iberian Peninsula Swing.

“The success of our Members globally, including three Major Championship wins in 2010, and the winning of The Ryder Cup, has clearly contributed to the continuing development of The European Tour International Schedule but we are further inspired by the superb support of our many partners and sponsors whom we sincerely thank. The Tour’s business is geographically and culturally very diverse and while some territories remain positive we would particularly like to thank our partners, tournament promoters and sponsors in countries where the economic climate is very challenging and have continued to support us.

“With the return of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, The Race to Dubai will conclude in December for the first time in 2011, enabling us to introduce a schedule based on the calendar year, which has been our stated intention for some time now. We anticipate, therefore, that the 2012 season will commence in January that year and conclude in late November.”

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The 2010 Dubai World Championship presented by DP World gets underway at the Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates today

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Race to Dubai

The 2010 Dubai World Championship presented by DP World gets underway at the Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates today (Thursday) with the pairing of Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer and his nearest challenger Graeme McDowell the pick of the two-balls.

The top 60 players in The Race to Dubai will tackle the Greg Norman-designed course in 30 pairings with South Africa’s Thomas Aiken and Soren Hansen of Denmark the first group out at 7.30am.

But it’s the 12.30pm showdown between Kaymer from Germany and Northern Ireland’s McDowell that will catch the public eye as the only two men capable of winning the Race and becoming the new European Number One face a fascinating personal duel as the last pair out.

With Kaymer ahead in the standings the German will start as slight favourite. The punishing length of the Earth course may also be a key factor with McDowell not a renowned big hitter compared to his 25 year-old rival. However, the man from Northern Ireland is in confident mood as he goes chasing a title that would cap a remarkable season on The European Tour.

“If you had asked me at the end of last year’s tournament what I thought of the golf course, I probably wouldn’t have had many good things to say about it,” he smiled. “But this year I’m probably longer off the tee than I was this time last year, which is going to be a huge benefit this week.

“You’ve got to drive the ball well – there’s no masking that fact. Lee Westwood was probably the best driver of the ball in the world last year; probably still is, and it was no surprise that he played well around here.

“I drove the ball well in the Pro Am and the golf course didn’t feel quite as much a slog as it did last year, so I’m hoping my extra length off the tee and the way I’m driving the ball at the minute should help me.”

Like Kaymer – a team mate in Europe’s Ryder Cup win and a Major champion as the winner of the USPGA – McDowell has enjoyed the best season of his professional career with Ryder Cup success and a Major win at the US Open the obvious highlights.

“My goals in 2010 were to get back in the winner’s circle,” he added. “I wanted to compete at a Sunday afternoon at a Major Championship and to get myself as high up as possible in the World Rankings.

“If you had shown me the script in January for this year, I wouldn’t have believed it. It’s certainly beyond my wildest expectations, for sure. But it’s felt right. I’ve been quietly going about my business the last five or six years gaining some great experience around the world and putting my game to the test and learning from mistakes that I’ve made.

“I certainly wouldn’t have expected this season to go the way it has. To have two huge highlights like the US Open at Pebble Beach and The Ryder Cup… it’s been amazing.”

While McDowell playing alongside Kaymer is a mouth-watering prospect, the draw has a number of great names playing side by side. World Number One Lee Westwood goes out with Francesco Molinari (12.20pm), Ryder Cup stars Ollie Fisher and Luke Donald will play together (11.30am), while Ernie Els and Ian Poulter at 12.10pm is another formidable pairing.

Free tickets are available from the website www.dubaiworldchampionship.com. In addition to DP World – Presenting Sponsor for the second year in succession – the Dubai World Championship is supported by Premium Partners Rolex, Emirates, and BMW; Sponsors Atlantis, CNN, The National and Polo/Ralph Lauren; and Event Supporters Dubai Duty Free, MMI, TNT and Toshiba.

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Race to Dubai leader and USPGA Champion Martin Kaymer goes into final round of the Race to Dubai Thursday to complete his perfect year

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Martin Kaymer - PGA Champ

Race to Dubai leader and USPGA Champion Martin Kaymer will go into the final round of the Race to Dubai tomorrow (Thursday) just four days away from what would be his perfect year.

The 25 year-old German currently leads the Race to Dubai from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. And with a Major title and the Ryder Cup under his belt, Kaymer is just one step away from his career dream.

“When I turned pro, I had three goals,” he said after playing in the Rolex Pro Am over the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates yesterday (Tuesday). “The first was to win a Major. The second was to win the Ryder Cup and the third was to be European Number One.

“I’ve already done two-thirds so if I can win the Race to Dubai and be the new European Number One then I will have done it all in one year.”

And what about becoming World Number One, the position currently held by defending Dubai World Champion Lee Westwood? The German smiled as he replied: “If I win this week then I may also become number one in the world but that all depends on how Lee plays.”

Despite now being out of the running to stay as European Number One, Westwood believes either Kaymer or McDowell deserve to be his heir apparent. “The form the two lads have shown… they are the most prolific winners on Tour along with Miguel (Angel Jimenez) this year, so they deserve to be in that spot and have a chance to win the Money List,” he said.

“Obviously I’m disappointed not to be able to win The Race to Dubai but I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I’d have liked to have had a chance to defend the European crown this week – it would have made it more exciting for everybody I guess; the more people involved in the actual race. But I think I can sit back and have a slight grin being World Number One.”

While Westwood will be all out to defend his Dubai World Championship in style, the two contenders for the Race to Dubai title have prepared for the final event of the season in differing fashions. McDowell went in pursuit of prize money in Hong Kong last week in an attempt to close the gap on the German, while Kaymer spent some down time back in Germany.

“It’s been a long season and I was beginning to feel it. I think I slept for four days, for twelve hours every day,” he added. “I just tried to spend some time with my friends and I did some other sports, as well.”

Kaymer, who confirmed he will remain loyal to The European Tour and will not join the PGA Tour in 2011, is under no illusions as to the challenge that lies ahead in a tournament that offers total prize-money of $7.5 million and a Bonus Pool to the final top 15 in The Race to Dubai of a further $7.5 million.

“To have a chance to win The Race to Dubai, to become the best player in Europe – it’s probably the biggest week of my career so far. I played six rounds her last year and I will play another nine holes on the back nine -then I think I should be prepared.”

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Lining up the winners makes for a pretty spectacular picture, see it here

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All The Winners

Six of the most iconic and recognisable trophies in world golf shone like beacons on the first tee of the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, illuminating a season of golfing excellence on The European Tour.

The Ryder Cup, US Open Trophy, Claret Jug, Wannamaker Trophy, Dubai World Championship spectre and Race to Dubai Trophy were lined up on the first tee with their champions ahead of the season-ending event.

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, stood proud behind Samuel Ryder’s golden chalice as he represented Europe to join US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer and the World Number One, defending Dubai World Champion and 2009 Race to Dubai winner Lee Westwood, for a celebratory photo ahead of the 2010 finale.

The top 60 players on The Race to Dubai have assembled at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the climax for the season with Kaymer and McDowell battling for the Number One spot while others vie for a place in the top 15 for a slice of the $7.5 million Bonus Pool in addition to the lion’s share of the $7.5 million prize money at the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World.

It is the first time in history that three of the four Major titles have been in the hands of European Tour Members. With Lee Westwood, who won Dubai World Championship and Race to Dubai a year ago, ascending to World Number One and Europe regaining The Ryder Cup, it has been a stunning year for The European Tour and a fitting finale to the season lies ahead.

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European Players keeping their eye on the Road to Dubai

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Road to Dubai

Rory McIlroy, who finished second to Lee Westwood in the inaugural Race to Dubai last year, believes there is plenty to play for on the final stretch before the season-ending Dubai World Championship presented by DP World at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 25-28.

The World Number Nine acknowledges the powerful lead established by Germany’s Martin Kaymer at the top of the current rankings, but also knows that after the €3 million prize fund on offer at this week’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters is distributed there will be a further US$23 million to be played for in the remaining four events of The European Tour season, with the Dubai World Championship’s US$7.5 million prize fund plus the US$7.5 million Bonus Pool increasing the cash incentive to finish the season in style.

McIlroy, currently 14th in The Race to Dubai, will return to European Tour action at the WGC – HSBC Champions in Shanghai next week, before playing the final two events on the International Schedule at the UBS Hong Kong Open and the Dubai World Championship.

“This year is a little different with Martin so far ahead but there is still a lot of money to be played for before we get to Dubai and the guys in the top five or six will still be hoping to get some big results and catch him,” said the Northern Irishman.

“We have Valderrama this week then huge purses at the WGC – HSBS Champions and the Barclays Singapore Open, the UBS Hong Kong Open and then the Dubai World Championship itself where there is big money to be played for in the Bonus Pool.

“The top 15 is also important for people who want to secure places in Major and World Golf Championships next year, so there is plenty to play for.”

McIlroy’s battle with Westwood 12 months ago saw the young star sneak into a lead over the Englishman as they headed for the last lap in Dubai. McIlroy played well to finish the tournament in third place but was unable to hold off Westwood’s overwhelming performance over the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

“It was brilliant last year,” McIlroy recalled. “It was really tight between myself and Lee. He won the Portugal Masters and then I had a good finish in China and then finished second in Hong Kong to go past him going to Dubai.

“I played well in Dubai and finished third so Lee had to go out and win which he did in some style, you have to say. It was a great event last year, one of the most exciting finishes in recent years.”

McIlroy will be one of the elite 60 players heading for the Dubai World Championship at the end of November, as will Italy’s new golfing superstar Matteo Manassero, who became the youngest winner in Tour history on Sunday by claiming the COSTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar.

Manassero’s €333,330 first prize for his maiden professional win lifted the 17 year old from 83rd to 44th in The Race to Dubai to secure his place at the season’s final event. Other top performers from Spain, notably second placed Ignacio Garrido, third placed Gary Boyd, Peter Lawrie and Joost Luiten, all cemented their places in the field for Dubai.

In addition to DP World – Presenting Sponsor for the second year in succession – the Dubai World Championship is supported by Premium Partners Rolex, Emirates, and BMW; Sponsors Atlantis, CNN, The National and Polo/Ralph Lauren; and Event Supporters Dubai Duty Free, MMI, TNT and Toshiba.

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