European Tour extends Dubai deal

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The European Tour has announced a new agreement to extend the Race to Dubai for a further three years.

The European Tour has announced a new agreement to extend the Race to Dubai for a further three years – though the season finale will now carry a new name.

The Dubai World Championship will be known as the DP World Tour Championship from next year onwards, but will still be held at Jumeirah Golf Estates at the end of the season as it is now.

The prize fund increases by US$500,000 to a total of $8 million, and the winner’s cheque rises from $1.25 million to $1.33 million. Details of the Bonus Pool have yet to be finalised.

The field for the event will still consist of the Tour’s leading 60 players as determined by their progress throughout the year.

The new sponsor is DP World, the world’s third largest marine terminal operator. The company has been a presenting sponsor at the event for the last three years and will also continue to support the Hong Kong Open, the event that precedes the season finale every year, as well as the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, for the next three years.

The Race to Dubai will conclude over the Earth Course at the Nakheel-managed Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Mohammed Sharaf, Chief Executive of DP World said: “DP World is extremely pleased to be associated with this prestigious frontline event. We believe the DP World Tour Championship and The Race to Dubai to be significant events for Dubai, as it reinforces its position as an international sport and golfing destination.

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, welcomed the three-year extension: “We are delighted to be announcing the start of a new phase for The Race to Dubai and, specifically, the newly re-titled DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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