Richest first prize in golf announced for season-ending Dubai tournament

Henrik Stenson won both the Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship in 2013, a feat that would make him even richer if he were to do the double again this year. (Getty Images)
Updated 14 February 2019

Richest first prize in golf announced for season-ending Dubai tournament

  • DP World Tour Championship to dish up record-breaking $3 million to the winner.
  • That figure hits US Open prize of $2.1 million into the rough in terms of top paydays.

LONDON: Some of the best golfers on the planet are set to battle it out for the largest prize in golfing history in the Middle East later this year, after it was revealed the winner of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, will pocket a cheque for $3 million. 

That eye-watering figure headlines a raft of changes to the final three Rolex Series events of the 2019 European Tour Race to Dubai, which include reducing the number of players hoping to pick up the stacks of cash from 60 to 50, and increasing the prize money on offer to the winners of the Turkish Airlines Open and South Africa’s Nedbank Challenge — the two events leading up to the Dubai finale. 

For tour chief Keith Pelley that all adds up to one thing — a lot more fun on the fairways.  

“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,” European Tour boss Pelley said. “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.”

The Race to Dubai was conceived in 2009 as a means of the European Tour challenging the more lucrative PGA Tour for the biggest names in world golf. While it has added prestige to the tour and more US-based players, such as Patrick Reed, teeing it up in events there remains a feeling that the Tour is its US rival’s poor cousin. That sentiment was only added to this year when Rory McIlroy (left) revealed he might not play in enough events to maintain his membership of the European Tour. 

The increased money on offer is a response to the PGA Tour’s revamped FedEx Cup this year which has seen a doubling of prize money to $70 million — and a first prize of $15 million. This includes a $10 million regular season bonus pool to be distributed at the end of the Wyndham Championships at the start of August.

The $3 million on offer to the winner at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November is mind-boggling — beating the US Open winner’s prize of $2.16 million — but it is not a one-off with the Turkish Airlines Open and South Africa’s Nedbank Challenge both increasing their winner’s pots to $2 million and $2.5 million respectively. The bonus pool will also only be distributed to the top five players — not the top 10 — so the winner will bank $2 million (up from $1.25 million). 

In addition, the field sizes for the final three events of the season have been revised and reduced to show a clear progression from event to event; with the leading 70 players from the Race to Dubai playing in Turkey, the leading 60 competing in South Africa, and the leading 50 lining up in Dubai.

Golf has for some time now been associated with huge paydays and winner’s cheques — the complaints from past players being that you do not have to be that good to make a very nice living smashing booming drives down the fairways and holing long putts on the greens.

This move ups the ante even more and, as Pelley said, offers up yet more options for golfers keen to add to their bulging bank balances. 

“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,” he said. 

 


IPL gets government clearance for UAE edition

Updated 10 August 2020

IPL gets government clearance for UAE edition

  • Due to the rising coronavirus cases in India, the 13th edition of the Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to take place between Sept. 19 and Nov. 10 in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • The world’s richest cricket league will be played outside India for the third time after being held in South Africa in 2009 and the UAE in 2014 because it clashed with the national elections

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League has received final clearance from the country’s government to host this year’s edition in the United Arab Emirates, its chairman told AFP on Monday.
Due to the rising coronavirus cases in India, the 13th edition of the Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to take place between September 19 and November 10 in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed this month that the league will be shifted outside its home country, and IPL chief Brijesh Patel said he had received the official confirmation from the government.
The world’s richest cricket league will be played outside India for the third time after being held in South Africa in 2009 and the UAE in 2014 because it clashed with the national elections.
IPL is searching for a new lead sponsor after Chinese phone maker Vivo pulled out of this edition amid a backlash after a deadly border clash between the two countries in June.
The tournament normally starts in March, but was repeatedly postponed this year because of the pandemic.
India currently has over two million coronavirus cases, the world’s third highest figure.