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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 219
W ELL for starters, the trio of events that make up the Race’s final series draw inevitable comparisons to their PGA Tour counterparts at the FedEx Cup, and the two season-ending contests do share some similarities – like the gradual whittling down of their fields, though in the FedEx Cup only 30 men are left to fight out the Tour Championship, while 60 will remain for the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in a fortnight. But while the FedEx Cup makes headlines each year as much for its ludicrous bonus prizemoney as it does for the contest itself, the Race to Dubai trades almost exclusively on the quality of its golf alone. Sure, there’s a bonus for the winner, but at US$1.5 million it’s a pittance compared to the US$10 million that Rory McIlroy earned on top of his tournament prizemoney when he claimed the FedEx Cup in late September. And while the FedEx Cup finals have remained a four-tournament marathon, the Race to Dubai this year shaved its finals series to three events. The Turkish Airlines Open and DP World Tour Championship are the only tournaments remaining from the original quartet, with the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa joining the series for the first time after the WGC- HSBC Champions dropped out and the BMW Masters was cut from the Tour altogether. A ND JUST LIKE THAT, THE RACE TO DUBAI QUIETLY SNUCK UP ON US LIKE THE FISCALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY SENSIBLE END OF SEASON CONTEST THAT IT IS. With one event already in the book, all eyes will be on Europe (or, you know, those traditional and well-renowned European outposts South Africa and Dubai) as the final two tournaments of the season approach But how well versed are you when it comes to all that the Race to Dubai entails? After a heavy golf season that included an Olympic Games and the Ryder Cup, you’d be forgiven for being a little light on for details when it comes to wrapping things up in Europe... A FAMILIAR STORY:
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