Race to Dubai prize money breakdown: How much can European Tour stars earn?

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21 листопада 2019 04:00

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As the European Tour draws to a close, there are five players in the running to win the Race to Dubai.Bernd Wiesberger arrives at the DP World Tour Championship top of the season-long standings.The Austrian has a 722.7-point cushion over nearest challenger Tommy Fleetwood.However, Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matt Fitzpatrick are all in with a chance of ending the year as European No 1.

This year’s event at Jumeirah Golf Estates will also see the winner take home golf’s biggest first prize.The champion will earn $3million (£2.32m), an increase of $1.67m (£1.29m) on the amount won by Danny Willett in Dubai 12 months ago.Race to Dubai prize money breakdownThe overall prize fund for the Race to Dubai remains at $8million (£6.2m).However, the field will be cut from 60 to the top 50 on the money list, with the distribution tailored to provide golf’s largest individual winner’s cheque in history.

Tyrrell Hatton took home $2m (£1.55m) for winning the Turkish Airlines Open, with Tommy Fleetwood earning $2.5m (£1.94m) for his victory in South Africa's Nedbank Challenge.Previously, the top 10 finishers in the standings shared the bonus pool of $5m (£3.87m).But that fund will now be split between only the leading five finishers.Whoever claims the Race to Dubai title will receive an additional $2m (£1.55m) compared to the $1.25m (£970k) won by Francesco Molinari last year.

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: "The changes we have announced in terms of enhanced winner's cheques, Race to Dubai points and bonus pool dividend are designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season, as well as encourage greater top player participation in our final three events."Had these additional Race to Dubai points been available over the past five years, on average between five and 16 players would have come to our final event with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, in addition to an average of 43 players having the chance to earn bonus pool money at the end of the season - both numbers considerably higher than was actually the case in those years."With the revised prize money breakdown and the extra Race to Dubai points in place for 2019, this provides a tremendous incentive for our players."

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