The Race to Dubai is heating up as the BMW PGA Championship marked the start of a hot stretch for the European Tour leading into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
There are plenty of great tournaments still on the European Tour schedule, including four Rolex Series events. The Italian Open and the three final events of the year -- the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship -- are part of the European Tour's most prestigious cluster of owned-and-operated tournaments. The final three events in particular are offering astounding first-place payouts: $2 million to the winner in Turkey, $2.5 million to the Sun City champion and $3 million to the victor in Dubai.
If you're trying to figure out a likely winner of the 2019 Race to Dubai, the betting odds from our friends at Real Football 365 tell us the oddsmakers have narrowed down a possible winner of the season-long points race down to just a few candidates.
Tommy Fleetwood is the favorite at this point, coming into the Open de Espana with 1-to-50 betting odds. You're basically getting nothing for the bet at this point.
Behind him are the likes of Rory McIlroy and Matt Wallace, who are both on 1-to-33 odds. The reigning Open champion Shane Lowry is also on the same figure, and he has showed some signs of getting back to normal after a wonderful celebration of his win at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland back in July.
A name to look at that may offer some semblance of value is Jon Rahm, who, at 4-to-11 betting odds, has a lot more value than the favorite. The Spaniard is a big fan of the Rolex Series events, routinely finishing high in them.
There are some other names in the range of close to even money that should strike a player's fancy, including a pair of Americans in Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed. Justin Rose and Bernd Wiesberger are names offer a little more than even money that could be fascinating now.
With seven events left on the European Tour schedule after this week, there's plenty of time for players to score Race to Dubai points and position themselves for a big run. At the end of the season, the winner of the race takes home $2 million on top of potentially snagging millions more in the final three events.
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