Watch set for Dubai

Rolex Se­ries rolls on to Italy with DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in view

Sport360 - - News Golf - By Phil Casey @pcaseysafc edi­to­

The three lead­ing con­tenders in the Race to Dubai will tee off to­gether as the Euro­pean Tour’s Rolex Se­ries re­sumes at the Ital­ian Open.

Stand­ings leader Tommy Fleet­wood will play along­side Spa­niards Ser­gio Gar­cia and Jon Rahm, sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, at Parco Reale di Monza to­day.

The event has at­tracted a high­qual­ity field in­clud­ing four other play­ers cur­rently in the top 10 – Alex Noren, Ross Fisher, Francesco Moli­nari and Bernd Wies­berger.

It is the fifth tour­na­ment of the new Rolex Se­ries, a group of eight pre­mium events in which the to­tal prize fund is $7 mil­lion (Dh25.7m).

Fleet­wood and Rahm are two of the pre­vi­ous win­ners in the se­ries, tri­umph­ing at the French Open and Ir­ish Open re­spec­tively in July. Gar­cia con­tin­ues to fly high after his maiden ma­jor vic­tory at the Mas­ters in April.

Fleet­wood ar­rives in Italy on the back of set­ting a new course record of 63 at Carnoustie at the Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship in Scot­land last week. Tyrell Hat­ton, the win­ner of that event for a sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion and up to 11th in the stand­ings, is also in the field.

Rahm is look­ing for­ward to get­ting un­der way in what will be a high-pro­file three ball.

He said: “Ser­gio and I get along great. It’s a true hon­our to be play­ing with him. He is the Mas­ters cham­pion this year so it’s even more of an hon­our to play with some­one like Ser­gio and learn from him.

“And then Tommy, who is closer to my age, and is just a great guy. He’s been play­ing some great golf and, on top of that, he’s won twice this year in Abu Dhabi and France.

“He’s lead­ing the Race to Dubai and he’s play­ing some out­stand­ing golf world­wide. He very, very much de­serves to be in the num­ber one spot right now and I’ll be look­ing for­ward to play­ing with him.”

Rahm has his sights firmly set on win­ning the Race to Dubai, which cul­mi­nates with the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship next month.

He said: “After win­ning in Ire­land, I re­ally be­came con­scious of the fact that I could win it. It be­came a goal of mine, es­pe­cially once I learned that no­body since Seve (Balles­teros) in Spain has won it.”

Club­house leader: Tommy Fleet­wood leads the Race to Dubai by a dis­tance head­ing into the Ital­ian Open.

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