Fleet­wood in prime po­si­tion to win Race to Dubai

How EuropeAn Tour plAy­ers line up points for the rAce to DuIAi Top 10

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za Soirce: Eiro­pean Toir

Eng­land’s Tommy Fleet­wood stands a good chance of be­ing crowned this year’s Race to Dubai cham­pion af­ter an im­pres­sive run on the European Tour. Wies­berger at the first ex­tra hole.

Two months later, Fleet­wood came fourth at the US Open at Erin Hills in Hart­ford, Wis­con­sin.

His achieve­ment on the greens this year be­came even more no­tice­able when he won the HNA Open de France at Le Golf Na­tional in Paris in July. He carded a score of 272 (-12), beat­ing Amer­i­can Peter Uih­lein by a stroke af­ter a bo­geyfree fi­nal round of 66.

Fleet­wood, who fin­ished at num­ber 41 in the race’s fi­nal stand­ings last year, is now on the cusp of mak­ing a last­ing mark – pro­vided that he stays con­sis­tent. There are three more tour­na­ments to be played be­fore the Dubai match – the Ital­ian Open from Oc­to­ber

12 to 15 at Golf Club Mi­lano; the Turk­ish Air­lines Open from Novem­ber

2 to 5 at Reg­num Carya Golf & Spa Re­sort in An­talya; and the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge at Gary Player Coun­try Club from Novem­ber 9 to 12.

Last year’s Race to Dubai was con­quered by Swe­den’s Hen­rik Sten­son, who swept the board for the sec­ond time since first do­ing so in 2013.

Win­ning the Race to Dubai has been a tough mis­sion to ac­com­plish for South African golfers. It was won by Retief Goosen in 2001 and 2002, Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004, and Dale Hayes in 1975.

Charl Schwartzel, Bran­den Grace and Dy­lan Frit­telli will rep­re­sent Mzansi from po­si­tions in the top 40 this year.

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