Golf: DP World Tour Championship
Thursday November 22
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
Sky Sports 1 8am
Season-climaxing tournaments have the potential to be absolute thrillers, as long as there is something at stake. The problem can arise when one golfer has been so far ahead of his rivals that the big event at the end of the year becomes a dead rubber.
That’s what we have at the DP World Tour Championship, the 2012 denouement of the Race to Dubai. Even though it has an enormous $8m prize fund, with a $3.75m bonus pot, nobody can catch Rory McIlroy – so good has he been this year.
Remember that, just a few months ago, critics were claiming he’d taken his eye off the ball and was too worried about spending time with tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki than playing golf. How wrong they were – another major is in the bag and he has topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, emulating the remarkable feat of Luke Donald last year. McIlroy has pocketed more than $9m in total this year, and is now miles clear of the field as world number one.
This week, then, becomes a ceremonial 72 holes for the Northern Irishman, although in his current form he will take some beating. Peter Hanson currently holds second spot, but can be caught by a posse of players. Louis Oosthuizen, sixth here last year and beaten only in a playoff by Matteo Manassero last weekend, could be the man to give McIlroy a run for his money... even if it is all in vain.