DANNY READY TO DOM­I­NATE IN DUBAI

Masters cham­pion wants to end a ‘tur­bu­lent’ year on an­other high

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Adrian Back @aidy­back adrian@7days.ae

De­spite the var­i­ous per­mu­ta­tions con­fronting the four con­tenders for the Race to Dubai ti­tle, for Danny Wil­lett the equa­tion could not be sim­pler. Just win the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship.

The English­man trails cur­rent leader Hen­rik Sten­son by close to 300,000 points, while the in­form Alex Noren and four-time ma­jor cham­pion Rory McIl­roy can also end the year as Euro­pean No. 1 fol­low­ing the fi­nal tour­na­ment of the sea­son in Dubai this weekend.

For each player there are nu­mer­ous sce­nar­ios that could see them fin­ish the sea­son on top, but Wil­lett has re­fused to spend time analysing what his ri­vals need to do as he knows vic­tory on Sun­day would see him top the rank­ings for the first time.

“I haven’t looked at that stuff,” said Wil­lett at a press con­fer­ence at Jumeirah Golf Es­tates. “What I’m wor­ry­ing about is com­ing here and win­ning, that’s the main thing.

“If you look at the last few years it is usu­ally the guy who wins this event wins the Race to Dubai.

“It’s a sit­u­a­tion where if you win, you win. It’s a good place to be in.”

‘We’ve had the ul­ti­mate highs and a few real lows the last few months.’ – DANNY WIL­LETT

Wil­lett nar­rowly missed out on the Race to Dubai ti­tle last year when McIl­roy tri­umphed on the Earth course and claimed a mem­o­rable dou­ble vic­tory.

On that oc­ca­sion Wil­lett was lead­ing the rank­ings go­ing into the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship.

De­spite be­ing in a slightly worse po­si­tion this year, the 29-year-old is sim­ply happy to be in with a chance of vic­tory after an up-and-down sea­son that saw him win a maiden ma­jor at the Masters but strug­gle for form in the last few months.

“It’s been a very tur­bu­lent year,” said Wil­lett. “We’ve had ul­ti­mate highs and a few real lows the last few months.

“Now I have four rounds of golf left in what’s been a pretty long sea­son and a slightly dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion to last year, but I still need to win the golf tour­na­ment to win the Race to Dubai.

“Again we’re in a sit­u­a­tion were 52 weeks ago we sat here in the sim­i­lar po­si­tion. There’s still a chance of get­ting to No. 1.

“If we can top­ple Hen­rik that would be fan­tas­tic. If we don’t, so be it.

“I think po­ten­tially at the end of the sea­son it may be eas­ier to be sat here chas­ing some­one down this week than try­ing to hold on to a lead.”

UP AND DOWN YEAR: Danny Wil­lett in ac­tion dur­ing last weekend’s Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa

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