The DP World Tour has announced the return of the term “Race to Dubai” to refer to the general classification of the season so decisive for participation in tournaments. In 13 seasons, from 2009 to 2021, the use of the name “Race to Dubai” finally became commonplace and when in 2022 the DP World Tour announced that another term was to be used, it did not It was not easy to get rid of it.
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Used to refer to the general ranking based on the points scored by each player throughout the season, so it is back from 2023. Officially, it will be the “Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex”.
The bonus awarded to the first 8 in the Race at the end of the last tournament of the season will be increased to 6 million dollars. In total, by adding up all the prize pools for the 2023 tournaments, the players of the DP World Tour will share 144 million dollars according to their performance.
The DP World Tour Championship is a golf tournament on the European Tour and is the climax of the DP World Tour Rankings. It is contested on the Greg Norman-designed Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The title sponsor is DP World, based in Dubai. The tournament was first held in 2009 when the Order of Merit was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is contested by the leading 50 players in the DP World Tour Rankings at the start of the tournament.
It is the replacement for the Volvo Masters, which was a similar event for the leading 60 money winners on the Order of Merit. Past winners include Matt Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson. Originally the tournament was to have a record prize fund of US$10,000,000, of which the winner's share would be US$1,666,660, however in September 2009 it was announced that there would be a 25% reduction in both the overall prize fund and the winners cheque.
The prize fund was increased to US$8,000,000 in 2012 and then US$9,000,000 in 2021 when the European Tour announced the new title sponsorship with DP World Tour. The tournament also determines the Race to Dubai Bonus Pool, which goes to the top golfers on the DP World Tour Rankings after the tournament.
It was original set at US$10,000,000 but reduced to US$7,500,000 paid to the top 15 players with the Race to Dubai winner getting US$1,500,000. In 2012 the bonus pool was cut in half to US$3,750,000 and reduced to the top 10 golfers, with the winner getting US$1,000,000.
The 2013 DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates delivered a US$44 million gross economic benefit to Dubai, according to independent research commissioned by tournament organisers, The European Tour as stated in Vision magazine.