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Preview: DP World Tour Championship

Preview – European Tour – DP World Tour Championship – Jumeirah Golf Estates – Dubai, United Arab Emirates –

The European Tour season concludes with its season-long Race To Dubai this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

Last year, Henrik Stenson claimed the Race To Dubai title with a convincing victory here winning by six shots. He also won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup crown and then made his worldwide player of the year case with the statement triumph.

This year Rory McIlroy, the World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, already has the Race to Dubai season-long crown wrapped up — thanks his hot streak winning two majors and WGC title over the summer.

Rory makes his first start in nearly two months this week, having won this championship in 2012. The field also includes Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and 15 of the world’s Top 40 players in the rankings.

Jumeriah Golf Estates hosts the championship again now in its sixth edition. Past champions include Lee Westwood (2009) and Alvaro Quiros (2011).

Look for the champion to finish in the mid-20s under par for the week.

2013 Results: Stenson (25-under) fired 64s in round two and four to set an unbeatable pace en route to a six-shot victory over Poulter. Victor Dubuisson was alone in third at 17-under, while Joost Luiten finished fourth. Luke Donald, McIlroy and Westwood ended up T-5 10 shots back of the leader.

Fantasy Outlook: McIlroy has a great history here, but has to come in rusty. Avoid him. Take Ian Poulter, who rides a hot streak into Dubai. He was second in the Race to Dubai in 2013 and nearly won the last week in the Final Series events. Miguel Angel Jimenez is ageless. he opened with 63 last week before finishing T-4. Take a shot with the 21-time European Tour champion this week.

Betting Outlook: Rory is the betting favorite at 4-to-1 odds, according to ladbrokes.com. Stenson is a better choice at 8-1 after ending up third last week including a final-round 64. Consider a flier on Poulter at 16-1. He was runner-up last week to Brooks Koepka by a shot at the Turkish Airlines Open. For a bigger payday, take Graeme McDowell at 25-1 odds. He was T-3 at the WGC-HSBC Champions and due for a run this week. For a match play selection from William Hill Gaming, take Stenson +125 over Rory.

Other Golf news:

  • The LPGA Tour wraps up its season this week in Naples, Florida for the CME Globe Tour Championship. Inbee Park, Rolex Ranking No. 1, is the betting pick at 5-1 odds ahead of Race to CME Globe points leader Stacy Lewis (8-1).
  • Second-ranked Adam Scott returns to his homeland to defending his title at the Beteasy Australian Masters. Scott enters the PGA Tour of Australasia event as a whopping 2 1/2-1 betting selection. Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, 86th in the world ranking, is the second-best choice at 16-1 odds.
  • Garcia announced he will bring on former World No. 1 tennis player Juan Carlos Ferraro to caddie for him at the Thailand Golf Championship in December. Garcia won the title a season ago with his girlfriend on the bag.
  • Dustin Johnson, the long hitting American who has been out for several months to correct “personal issues,” is expected to become a father in January and return to golf as early as February at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.