Race to Dubai Review 2017
A look back at the Top 3 players in The European Tour's Race to Dubai and our predictions for 2018!22 November 2017
The curtain came down on the final event of the European Tour season at the DP World Tour Championship Finals held at the Jumeirah Estates in Dubai. The event was made up of Europe's top 60 players in the Race to Dubai Rankings with the eventual victor, Spain's John Rahm scooping the huge purse. The win wasn't enough for John to take Europe’s number 1 spot however as that was taken by England's Tommy Fleetwood who held his nerve and a charge from Justin Rose on the final day to stay in the mix to earn enough points to see him crowned Europe's number 1.
Tommy endured an exhausting schedule this year playing 24 events and boasting 2 wins, two 2nd place finishes and a further 6 top ten finishes to secure his position as Europe's Number 1 golfer of 2017. Tommy's biggest win came at the HNA Open de France back in July where he fought off a tough field to card a 1 shot victory over the American Peter Uihlein. It's going to be a tough act to follow but heading into a Ryder Cup year as Europe's No 1 will be a huge boost for the 26-year-old from Southport.
Fairways Scotland predicts another couple of tour wins and a place in the Ryder Cup Team for Tommy in 2018. (image: golfdigest.com)
It’s been a mixed year for Justin playing on both the US and European Tours. Narrowly missing out to Tommy in the Race To Dubai, Justin had an impressive 2nd place finish at The Masters Tournament in April although struggled through the rest of the year in Europe until his two wins and a 4th place finish at the final 3 events in The European Tour Calendar. The experienced Rose has been crowned Europe's No 1 spot before and no doubt will again. His priorities now are increasing his Major Championship haul but this late season flourish will give Justin huge amounts of confidence into The Ryder Cup year.
Fairways Scotland predicts wins on both sides of the Atlantic for Justin, A Major win and a place in Europe's Ryder Cup Team. (image: golfmonthly.com)
A hugely impressive year in both Europe and USA for this young Spaniard, which crowned him European Tour Rookie of a year. Jon now has his sights on the PGA Tour full time however scooping The Irish Open title and the season ending World Championship in his first year as a Tour Professional was no mean feat. Without a doubt one of the most talented young golfers in the world he is destined for big things.
Fairways Scotland predicts multiple Tour Wins on the PGA Tour next year with a high finish in the Fed Ex rankings. A Major win isn't too far off either. Guarantee for Europe's Ryder Cup team (image: foxsportasia.com)
It's fair to say that the PGA Tour are enjoying their golden period with so many young players becoming some of the best in the world but on the other hand Europe are producing some wonderful golfers of their own establishing themselves both in the USA and in Europe. The Ryder Cup in France will surely be another epic sporting event with the world's best golfers on show.
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