Wilson all set for Dubai

After securing his maiden European Tour victory, Oliver Wilson will tee off at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship next month.

The 34-year-old Englishman won his first event on the European Tour in 228 starts when he won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last week, which moved him up to 39th in The Race to Dubai standings.

“I don’t have words for it, it’s been 11 years coming,” Wilson, who had nine runner-up finishes to his name before last week’s victory, told the European Tour.

“There were nine runners-up and I hadn’t done a whole lot to lose those, but nothing had really gone my way and this week, to be given a big opportunity by Dunhill to play – I can’t thank them enough to give me an opportunity to do this – I guess it’s what golf’s all about.

“Before I went out today I thought about how I’ve never gone out and won a tournament.

“I’ve played alright coming down the stretch and not lost it and other guys have just got over the line ahead of me and today I was just trying to be patient.”

Wilson has competed at the World Tour Championship – which will take place at the Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth course from Thursday 20 November to Sunday 23 November – before, finishing 16th in the inaugural event in 2009 and 35th the following year.

Rory McIlroy, who finished as the runner-up to Wilson last week, remains at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings and has accumulated more than double the amount of prize money as second-placed Sergio Garcia.