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Wiesberger in Pole Position to Win Race to Dubai

By: | Mon 18 Nov 2019 | Comments

Bernd Wiesberger heads to the Dubai World Championship in pole position to win the Race to Dubai. The top 50 players in the rankings have qualified for the season-ending tournament and although the Austrian still leads the way, there are four men who can catch him - Nedbank winner Tommy Fleetwood, Open champion Shane Lowry, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Jon Rahm.

Wiesberger could have sewn it all up with a win at Sun City and, for a time, he looked like he might do precisely that until two bogeys and a double-bogey in his final four holes ended his chances. If Wiesberger finishes ahead of Fleetwood, Lowry, Fitzpatrick and Rahm then he will win the Race to Dubai.

And this is how the others can overtake him. Fitzpatrick would need to win, Lowry would need a solo second or better, Rahm would need a two-way tie for second or better and Fleetwood would need a solo third or better. All of these permutations depend upon Wiesberger finishing near the bottom of the field in Dubai and if he finishes second or better then he will finish the season as Europe’s top dog.

Nacho Elvira will not be in Dubai. The Spaniard was one-under when he stood on the final tee at Sun City but walked off the green with a triple-bogey seven. Had he parred the hole he would have made the elite field, but that seven saw him finish in 64th place in the Race to Dubai standings.

It was a better week for Australia’s Jason Scrivener and Thomas Detry, of Belgium. Scrivener finished in a tie for third. Having begun the week outside of the top 50, he ended it in 35th place. Detry entered the week at 66 and needed a birdie at the last to secure his spot in Dubai. He duly delivered and his tie for third saw him rise to 41st place in the standings.

Race to Dubai

The 50 qualifiers for Dubai are:

  1. Bernd Wiesberger
  2. Tommy Fleetwood
  3. Jon Rahm
  4. Shane Lowry
  5. Matthew fitzpatrick
  6. Rory McIlroy
  7. Matt Wallace
  8. Tyrrell Hatton
  9. Louis Oosthuizen
  10. Erik van Rooyen
  11. Robert MacIntyre
  12. Kurt Kitayama
  13. Marcus Kinhult
  14. Victor Perez
  15. Benjamin Hebert
  16. Mathias Schwab
  17. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  18. Danny Willett
  19. Jorge Campillo
  20. Paul Waring
  21. Rafa Cabrera Bello
  22. Romain Langasque
  23. Justin Harding
  24. Ian Poulter
  25. Sergio Garcia
  26. Joost Luiten
  27. Haotong Li
  28. Francesco Molinari
  29. Andrea Pavan
  30. Paul Casey
  31. Lee Westwood
  32. Justin Rose
  33. Patrick Reed
  34. Henrik Stenson
  35. Jason Scrivener
  36. Mike Lorenzo-Vera
  37. Adri Arnaus
  38. Richard Sterne
  39. Tony Finau
  40. Guido Migliozzi
  41. Thomas Detry
  42. Thomas Pieters
  43. David Lipsky
  44. Tom Lewis
  45. Aaron Rai
  46. Andy Sullivan
  47. Matthew Southgate
  48. Mikko Korhonen
  49. Jordan Smith
  50. Scott Hend

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