The inaugural Rolex Series concludes at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
From 16 – 19 November the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai will host the final tournament of the Rolex Series, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. The European Tour's top golfers will be vying to crown their season as champion and, for those leading the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, win the coveted Race to Dubai title.
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First held in 2009 and becoming part of the innovative Rolex Series in 2017, the DP World Tour Championship is the season finale of the European Tour, of which Rolex has been a partner since 1997. Over this 20-year partnership, Rolex has cemented its place at the heart of the game in Europe, and the introduction of the Rolex Series offers players the chance to compete in a new premium tournament category on the European Tour's International Schedule.
Played on the world-renowned Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is a challenging tournament, befitting the season finale. The Earth Course's sparkling white bunkers and deep green fairways are inspired by the best courses in Europe, providing the perfect setting to crown the season's best golfer.
Defending champion and Rolex Testimonee Matthew Fitzpatrick said: "I'm looking forward to returning to Dubai to defend my title. This year Rolex celebrates its 50th anniversary supporting golf, and it's a privilege for me to be a part of the Rolex family and experience that support first hand. The Rolex Series highlights Rolex's continued commitment to our game and has been an exceptional addition to the season, enabling both European Tour players and fans to enjoy an elevated level of golf, closer to home."
Race to Dubai
Founded in 2009, and now spanning 47 tournaments in 26 countries, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition for European Tour golfers that demands sustained quality and excellence throughout the year. On completion of the DP World Tour Championship the leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned the 2017 winner.
Rolex Testimonee Jon Rahm, ranked number five in the Official World Golf Rankings and already a Rolex Series winner, is a strong contender to win the Race to Dubai. At number four in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, a strong finish for the Spaniard at the DP World Tour Championship could see him join fellow Testimonees Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald as winners of the prestigious Race to Dubai.
Rolex New Guard
Joining the 23-year-old Fitzpatrick and 22-year-old Rahm in Dubai will be a number of remarkably talented young golfers and fellow Testimonees who belong to the Rolex New Guard. Like their iconic predecessors Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, also known as 'The Big Three', these young players are eager to leave their mark on the sport, ushering in a new generation at the top of the men's game. Among them are Haotong Li, Thorbjørn Olesen and Thomas Pieters and who have eight European Tour wins between them. Fellow Testimonees competing in Dubai include two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer, and two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts.
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Rolex testimonee Jon Rahm claims the Rolex Series finale at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai