The Race to Dubai is a competition that was set up in 2009 to replace the old European Tour. The event comprises of 47 golf tournaments running from December right through until November, across many different countries and continents. Lee Westwood won the inaugral Race to Dubai in 2009, with Martin Kaymer winning in 2010, and there was a new winner in 2011 as Luke Donald took the title. Rory McIlroy was the winner in 2012 and is favourite to repeat that feat in 2013.
Upcoming Race To Dubai Events:
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|6th Dec||Nelson Mandela Championship||South Africa||Scott Jamieson|
|13th Dec||Alfred Dunhill Championship||South Africa||Charl Schwartzel|
|10th Jan||Volvo Golf Champions||South Africa||Louis Oosthuizen|
|17th Jan||HSBC Golf Championship||Abu Dhabi||Jamie Donaldson|
|23rd Jan||Qatar Masters||Qatar||Chris Wood|
|31st Jan||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Dubai||Stephen Gallacher|
|7th Feb||Joburg Open||South Africa||Richard Sterne|
|14th Feb||Africa Open||South Africa||Darren Fichardt|
|20th Feb||WGC - Accenture Match Play||USA||Matt Kuchar|
|28th Feb||Tshwane Open||South Africa||Dawie van der Walt|
|7th Mar||WGC - Cadillac Championship||USA||Tiger Woods|
|14th Mar||Avantha Masters||India||Thomas Aiken|
|21st Mar||Maybank Malaysian Open||Malaysia||Kiradech Aphibarnrat|
|28th Mar||Trophee Hassan II||Morocco||Marcel Siem|
|11th Apr||US MASTERS||USA||Adam Scott|
|18th Apr||Open de Espana||Spain||Raphael Jacquelin|
|25th Apr||Ballantine's Championship||Korea||Brett Rumford|
|2nd May||Volvo China Open||China||Brett Rumford|
|16th May||Madeira Islands Open||Portugal||Peter Uihlein|
|16th May||Volvo World Match Play Championship||Spain||Graeme McDowell|
|23rd May||BMW PGA Championship||England||Luke Donald|
|30th May||Nordea Masters||Sweden||Lee Westwood|
|6th June||Saint Omer Open||France||Darren Fichardt|
|13th June||US OPEN||USA||Webb Simpson|
|20th June||BMW International Open||Germany||Danny Willett|
|27th June||The Irish Open||Ireland||Jamie Donaldson|
|4th July||Alstom Open de France||France||Marcel Siem|
|11th July||The Scottish Open||Scotland||Jeev Milka Singh|
|18th July||THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP||Scotland||Ernie Els|
|25th July||Russian Masters||Russia|
|1st Aug||WGC - Bridgestone Invitational||USA||Keegan Bradley|
|8th Aug||US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP||USA||Rory McIlroy|
|22nd Aug||Johnnie Walker Championship||Scotland||Paul Lawrie|
|19th Aug||ISPS Handa Wales Open||Wales||Thongchai Jaidee|
|5th Sept||Omega European Masters||Switzerland||Richie Ramsay|
|12th Sep||KLM Open||Netherlands||Peter Hanson|
|19th Sep||Italian Open||Italy||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano|
|26th Sep||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Scotland||Branden Grace|
|3rd Oct||Vivendi Trophy||TBA|
|10th Oct||Portugal Masters||Portugal||Shane Lowry|
|17th Oct||Perth International||Australia||Bo Van Pelt|
|24th Oct||BMW Masters||China||Peter Hanson|
|31st Oct||WGC - HSBC Champions||China||Ian Poulter|
|7th Nov||Turkish Open||Turkey|
|14nd Nov||Dubai World Tour Championship||Dubai||Rory McIlroy|
The Race to Dubai is run by the European Tour but is truly a global event. The idea behind the change in format was designed to get more of the World's golfers playing on the European Tour with a huge prize money pool up for grabs in the order of merit and the final event, the Dubai World Championship. The schedule includes all of the four golf Majors, such as the British Open and Masters, plus all four of the Golf World Championship events. There are also events in Arabia at the start of the year, known as the 'Desert Swing' plus co-sactioned events in South Africa and on the Asian tour in the far east.
Previous winners of the European Order of Merit include Robert Karlsson, Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, who won the third Race to Dubai title in 2011, beating Rory McIlroy into second place. McIlroy would come back a year later and land the Race to Dubai in fine style.
Luke Donald won an enthralling Race To Dubai in 2011 as he had looked in complete control at the top of the earnings before Rory McIlroy ensured it went down to the final event of the season. Donald held his nerve though to finish in the top three at the Dubai World Championship and secured the European tour money list to go with his PGA Tour triumph.
Rory McIlroy comfortably won the 2012 Race To Dubai with plenty to spare and he rounded off a great year by winning the money-spinning Dubai World Championsip.
Betting on Race to Dubai tournaments is very popular as most events are covered live by Sky Sports. All the bookmakers listed on the Betting Directory will offer a good choice of markets to bet on, whether you're betting on the winner or just fancy one golfer to beat another in the tournament. Look out for the weekly betting previews on Race to Dubai events.
If you're a golf lover you'll know that when the sun sets on the European Tour there'll be a weekly event from the US on the PGA Tour in the evening for you to bet on. The PGA Tour runs from January to September and features some of the World's best golfers.
Satellite television coverage means that there are plenty of betting opportunities every week on the PGA Tour, with most of the bookmakers listed on the Betting Directory offering live betting in-running.
This year promises to be an exciting time on the PGA Tour as more British based players try to make it in the States.
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