The European-based DP World Tour has announced from 2023 onwards the season-long points competition will be renamed the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.
You might recall that over the years the name has changed more than once. The race to crown its No. 1 player was of course previously known as the European Tour's Order of Merit.
Colin Montgomerie won the Order of Merit a record eight times between 1993-2005. The name was changed to the Race to Dubai from 2009-2021 and subsequently the DP World Tour Rankings this season.
Rory McIlroy claimed this honour for the fourth time over the weekend with his fourth placed finish at the season-ending $10m DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates that was won by Jon Rahm.
The DP World Tour confirmed the news on Monday. From next season the leading eight players will share and increased bonus pool of $6m as part of an overall $114.2m prize fund across 39 tournaments in 26 countries.
Guy Kinnings, deputy chief executive and chief commercial officer of the DP World Tour, said:
"Our partnership continues to drive significant exposure for Dubai and its leading businesses on a global scale. The 2023 DP World Tour season promises to be one of our most exciting yet, with a record prize fund on offer. We look forward to seeing which player earns the right to be named the Race to Dubai champion at the DP World Tour Championship next November."
Past Race to Dubai champions include star the likes of the aforementioned McIlroy and Rahm, along with Tommy Fleetwood and Collin Morikawa.
The 2023 Race to Dubai will begin from November 24-27, 2022, with two tournaments - the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship and the Joburg Open in South Africa - co-sanctioned with the DP World Tour's strategic alliance partners the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and the Sunshine Tour respectively.
It will conclude with the $10m DP World Tour Championship which will take place at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the 15th consecutive year from November 16-19, 2023.
2022: Rory McIlroy
2021: Collin Morikawa
2020: Lee Westwood
2019: Jon Rahm
2018: Francesco Molinari
2017: Tommy Fleetwood
2016: Henrik Stenson
2015: Rory McIlroy
2014: Rory McIlroy
2013: Henrik Stenson
2012: Rory McIlroy
2011: Luke Donald
2010: Martin Kaymer
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