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2013 Race to Dubai Player in Focus: Louis Oosthuizen

Debby Wong-US Presswire

Louis Oosthuizen (pictured) can build on a highly successful year in 2012 by contending to win most cash on the European Tour. The Race to Dubai is Europe’s equivalent of the PGA Tour Money List and is so named as the season finale is the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Rory McIlroy still looks the player most likely to win most cash in Europe. However, his chances are compromised somewhat by the fact that he will be playing full time on the US Tour. Even so he could still win the title again as money won in the majors and World Golf Championship events counts towards the European Tour money list.

McIlroy won the money titles in both main Tours in 2012. He emulated Luke Donald, who became the first player to achieve that a year earlier. The Irish player didn’t actually win a tournament in mainland Europe but cash won from the majors and WGC events helped him to win the Race to Dubai.

Oosthuizen was one of the most consistent players in the world at the end of 2012. He qualified for each of the four FedEx Cup play-off events. He finished 7th in the final play-offs ranking and 34th in the regular season ranking.

The key to Oosthuizen’s chances of winning the Race to Dubai is the number of tournaments he plays on the European Tour. He tends to play in co-sanctioned events in South Africa, the country of his birth, and he likes to play at St. Andrews in the Dunhill Links Championship.

Oosthuizen won the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010. He did have the best of the weather but the Home of Golf  always produces a worthy champion. Our Player in Focus also lost in a play-off for last year’s US Masters to Bubba Watson so is proven at the highest level.

Ian Poulter is another player committed to play predominantly in the States who could still earn enough money to win the Race to Dubai. He played in three FedEx Cup events last season and had four top 10 finishes in regular US Tour events.

Poulter was one of the most significant players at the Ryder Cup. After that outstanding week for the English player, he won the WGC HSBC Champions against one of the strongest fields of the year. The confidence gained from such a successful season can see Poulter win tournaments on both main Tours in 2013.