Ideally, the race has been kept as Open as possible between the four contenders still vying for the prize (coinkydink? me think not...). Messrs Westwood, Kaymer, Casey and McIlroy are each in different groups for the World Matchplay at Finca Cortesin, setting up a potential four way battle. Here's the standings at the moment.
|European Tour Race to Dubai|
|1 Lee Westwood Eng 2,241,940 euro|
|2 Martin Kaymer Ger 2,155,765|
|3 Rory McIlroy NI 2,032,695|
|4 Paul Casey Eng 1,965,150|
|5 Geoff Ogilvy Aus 1,606,805|
|6 Oliver Wilson Eng 1,533,534|
|7 Ross Fisher Eng 1,524,347|
|8 Simon Dyson Eng 1,395,317|
|9 Angel Cabrera Arg 1,385,499|
|10 Soren Kjeldsen Den 1,240,053|
I have a feeling it's more of a three horse race, with Casey coming back from injury it'll be a big ask for him to compete. McIlroy has shown already in his short career that he is quite a handful in the matchplay format, I fancy him to go well and close the gap at the top.
These boys should be aware thought that they need to make hay while the sun shines, with the USPGA tour chief off sniffing around the emirates, the prizefund may not be around for too much longer.
Monty held his grin as he received the Vardon trophy despite Faldo's derogatory chant of "It's not a f***ing Major"
But it wasn't always such fantastically corporate thing. In days of yore men battled it out for the Order of Merit - get that, "merit" - awarding acheivement throughout the golfing year. Less mercenary times those... Granted it was still about the accumulation of vast sums of money (shamefully exposing just how blooming rich those guys are) but there was no huge pot of gold sitting at the end of an oily rainbow back then. Handily I've supplied you with a list of the previous winners, back when it was about the glory (and only partially about the money), such things need to be documented for posterity. It's all part of the service.