Golf Extras
More Golf
PGA European - Dubai World Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 19th through Sunday, November 22nd
SITE: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,675
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 454 Yds10 - Par 4 437 Yds
2 - Par 5 583 Yds11 - Par 4 401 Yds
3 - Par 4 452 Yds12 - Par 4 476 Yds
4 - Par 3 245 Yds13 - Par 3 204 Yds
5 - Par 4 407 Yds14 - Par 5 626 Yds
6 - Par 3 186 Yds15 - Par 4 371 Yds
7 - Par 5 572 Yds16 - Par 4 486 Yds
8 - Par 4 461 Yds17 - Par 3 195 Yds
9 - Par 4 499 Yds18 - Par 5 620 Yds
--------------------------
36 3,859 Yds36 3,816 Yds
 
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 4:30-8:30 a.m. (et)
  Saturday/Sunday -- 4-8 a.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000 (5,052,500 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $1,243,881; 2nd Place - $829,250; 3rd Place - $485,113
 
Past Dubai World Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Luke Donald53rd in Race to Dubai, World No. 27
Ernie Els10th in Race to Dubai, World No. 17
Ross Fisher4th in Race to Dubai, World No. 19
Sergio Garcia13th in Race to Dubai, World No. 9
Retief Goosen25th in Race to Dubai, World No. 20
Padraig Harrington18th in Race to Dubai, World No. 6
Martin Kaymer3rd in Race to Dubai, World No. 11
Rory McIlroy1st in Race to Dubai, World No. 13
Geoff Ogilvy6th in Race to Dubai, World No. 14
Ian Poulter9th in Race to Dubai, World No. 12
Henrik Stenson16th in Race to Dubai, World No. 7
Camilo Villegas30th in Race to Dubai, World No. 23
Lee Westwood2nd in Race to Dubai, World No. 5

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Rory McIlroy
Darkhorse - Ernie Els
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Hong Kong (Lee Westwood) - Finished tied for 54th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Hong Kong (Francesco Molinari) - Finished tied for 3rd
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - JBWere Masters (Tiger Woods) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse - Hong Kong (Adam Scott) - Finished tied for 6th
 
NOTES:
The 2009 European Tour regular season comes to a close this week as the inaugural Dubai World Championship takes center stage at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The top 60 in the Race to Dubai qualify for this event, however, only 58 players will be competing this year. Paul Casey is not playing due to a rib injury and Anthony Kim is also not playing this week.

Rory McIlroy leads Lee Westwood in the Race to Dubai by 128,172 euros, Martin Kaymer by 205,905 euros and Ross Fisher by 433,402 euros. They are the only four players with a shot at the Race to Dubai title. McIlroy, Westwood and Kaymer would each win the Race to Dubai with a victory this week. Fisher needs to win and have McIlroy and Westwood finish worse than second place. If the 20-year-old McIlroy wins the Race to Dubai, he would become the second- youngest money winner in European Tour history, behind only Seve Ballesteros.

The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was designed by Greg Norman and just opened for play in 2009. This will be the first competitive tournament held at the Earth Course.

The winner of the Race to Dubai will receive $1.5 million, with second place getting $1,125,000. The top-15 players in the Race to Dubai will win part of the $7.5 million payout. The Race to Dubai winner will receive the Harry Vardon Trophy and a seven-year European Tour card exemption.

Seventeen different countries are represented by the 58 players (Australia, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and Wales. England has the most players with 15 and South Africa is second with seven.

The final event, although unofficial on the 2009 European Tour calendar is the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China (November 26-29). Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson of Sweden captured last year's event. The 2010 European Tour schedule gets under way December 10-13 in South Africa, as Richard Sterne defends his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

11/17 13:11:27 ET

As of November 17, 2009, at 01:11 PM ET

European Tour News
· Donaldson maintains lead in Prague

· Donaldson jumps out to lead at Czech Masters

· Warren wins by 2 in Denmark

More News