The biggest first prize in golf will be awarded during the European Tour’s season ending game that’s taking place later this year in November in Dubai. The winner of the event will be awarded a total prize of $3 million, which is an increase of $1.67 million from the amount that was won by English Danny Willet in last year’s tournament.
The idea behind the increase to the prize amount is to encourage more well known players to start competing in the Race to Dubai event. In 2018, world number one Justin Rose decided to skip the tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates because he did not stand a chance of overtaking Francesco Molinari to the number one spot at Race to Dubai.
There were only two players, Tommy Fleetwood and Molinari who had the chance of winning the season long money list by the time that the players made it to the Middle East for the closing event. The overall prize fund currently sits at $8 million, but the field will also see cuts from the top 50 down to he top 50 on the money list. Distribution of the prize money will also be top loaded, providing the biggest winner’s cheque of all time for an individual event.
It is among a series of chances that were recently announced by the European Tour for the 2019 season. Alongside those chances, they also announced significant increases for those that finished first at the Turkish Airlines Open.
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