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| ||The 2011 European Tour campaign, which actually began in December of 2010,
comes to an end this week. The season-long Race to Dubai concludes as world
No. 1 Luke Donald tries to do something that has never been done before in
professional golf - win the money title on both the PGA Tour and European
Tour. After Donald secured the PGA Tour money championship with a win in
Disney World, he seemed to be comfortably ahead on the European Tour race.
Things changed last week. When Rory McIlroy came from behind to win the Hong
Kong Open on Sunday, he closed the gap. It will still take a minor miracle
for McIlroy to get past Donald, the margin is 789,788 euros. If McIlroy wins
the Dubai World Championship, Donald would need to finish in the top eight to
secure his victory in the Race to Dubai. The top-60 players on the Order of
Merit gained entry into this championship. The winner of the Race to Dubai
gets an additional $1.5 million for his trouble. The top 15 actually split a
large bonus pool. This is the third year of the Dubai World Championship. Lee
Westwood won in 2009 and Robert Karlsson walked off with the victory one year
ago. Westwood parlayed that into a Race to Dubai title, but Karlsson did not.
Martin Kaymer won that honor last season. Golf Channel has all four rounds.
This is the final event on the European Tour for 2011.