The European Tour’s version of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, known as the Race to Dubai is just a few weeks away. The playoff event will begin with the BMW Masters on October 24 and will conclude with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai from November 14 – 17.
Players are ranked based on their earnings, with the top 60 making it into the playoffs. In order to qualify for the final event, players are required to play in a minimum of two playoff events prior to that tournament. Those golfers hoping to qualify for the finale are well-served playing in all three of the preceding playoff events, as they will earn a 20% point bonus for their earnings in any of the playoff tournaments.
Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, is currently ranked 56th in the standings and is on the bubble. Not surprisingly, Henrik Stenson is in the lead. The top 60 is littered with big-name talent, hoping to compete for a huge payday. The total prize money available in the four “Final Series” events is an impressive $30.5 million. In addition to the prize money, the winner of the Final Series will earn a seven year European Tour exemption. The winner of the finale event will be granted a five year exemption, while the champions from the other three playoff events earn two year exemptions.
The race to qualify for the playoffs is starting to heat up, especially with the PGA Tour in a bit of a lull after the conclusion of the TOUR Championship. That means we should start to see some of the bigger European names teeing it up on the European Tour.