Keeping Score

Americans head to Dubai ready to cash in on European Tour

Patrick Reed enters the 2020 finale with the lead in the Race to Dubai standings, and Collin Morikawa ranks 3rd

65: Number of players in the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship field this week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Play begins Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course. The $8 million 2020 finale will award $3 million and 2,000 points in the Race to Dubai season standings to the winner and likely will be pivotal in determining the 2020 season champion. American Patrick Reed, who leads the standings despite having played only one distinct European Tour event – a third place at the BMW PGA – is entered. So, too, is American Collin Morikawa, who is No. 3 in the standings despite having played no pure European Tour events. In addition to its own events, the tour awards points to players based on their finishes in the major championships and the WGC events. That’s how Reed, who won the WGC Mexico Championship in February, and Morikawa, the PGA Championship winner in August, climbed the standings. The tour’s season-long standings, formerly known as the Order of Merit, changed to the Race to Dubai in 2009 with an infusion of bonus money from the UAE. The season champion will pocket a $2 million bonus.

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