Watch set for Dubai
Rolex Series rolls on to Italy with DP World Tour Championship in view
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.