The European Tour’s season will lead to and end in the United Arab Emirates through 2017.
Tour officials announced Sunday at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship that the Race to Dubai has been extended for another four years.
With the extension is the guarantee of another four years of the DP World Tour Championship as the season’s concluding tournament, all to be played at Jumeirah Golf Estates. At least one of those four season-enders will be played at the facility’s Fire course. Since its inception, the DP World Tour Championship has been played at the Greg Norman-designed Earth course.
The Race to Dubai bonus pool will also be increased from $3.75 million to $5 million for the next four years.
Launched in 2009, the Race to Dubai essentially replaced the Order of Merit as the European Tour’s money title. Initially, the Race to Dubai bonus pool was to be $10 million per year. It was then reduced to $7.5 million after economic calamities triggered by the global financial crisis impacted the Dubai government. For the last two seasons, 10 players have been paid from the bonus pool of $3.75 million, with $1 million to the winner.
Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson are the five players to have won the Race to Dubai, with Donald and McIlroy winning both European and PGA Tour money titles. With his 6-shot win on Sunday, Stenson became the first player to win the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season.