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In Pictures: Race to Dubai winners
Previously called the Order of Merit, Al Jazeera looks back at the past winners of European Tour's money prize.
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2012 15:14


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The Race to Dubai is the ultimate prize on the European tour. It is awarded to the golfer with the greatest prize money at the end of the tour. Rory McIroy currently leads the race although South Africa's Branden Grace is closing him down.
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In 2011, England's Luke Donald won both the US PGA Tour money list and the Race to Dubai. His closest rival, Rory McIlroy, handed the European prize to Donald when he failed to win the season finale, the Dubai World Championship.
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Martin Kaymer was the man who holed the putt to give Europe victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup. However, 2010 was also a big year for the German golfer. On the back of his US PGA Championship win, he held off Ireland's Graham McDowell to win the Race of Dubai. 
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In 2009, Rory McIlroy's youthful aspirations were thwarted by England's Lee Westwood. Then only 20, McIlroy led Westwood going into the Dubai World Championship but couldn't compete as Westwood shot a course record 64 to finish on 23 under par. 
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Before Dubai, the top European prize was known as the Order of Merit. The prize was still awarded to the golfer who won the most money on the European Tour. In 2008, Robert Karlson shrugged off Lee Westwood to become the first Swede to the win the Order of Merit title.
Charlie Riedel/AP
Winner of the 2006 tournament, Ireland's Padraig Harrington couldn't achive back-to-back victories when Justin Rose won the Order of Merit for the first time in 2007. Rose knew he had already claimed the award when he went into a three way playoff for the Volvo Masters, but he managed to win that too!    
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With eight to his name, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie has won the most Order of Merit awards. The first came in 1993 and the last in 2005. He is also the third highest money earner on the European Tour of all time with over $30 million of winnings. There's good money in golf, eh! 
JESUS PENA / Seve Ballesteros Foundatio / HO/EPA
Another man known for his prowess on the European golf tour was the late and great Seve Ballesteros. The Spaniard won six Order of Merit awards, the last coming in 1991. Next in the all-time list comes England's Peter Oosterhuis (4) and Scotland's Sandy Lyle (3).
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The Race to Dubai is the ultimate prize on the European tour. It is awarded to the golfer with the greatest prize money at the end of the tour. Rory McIroy currently leads the race although South Africa(***)s Branden Grace is closing him down.;*;In 2011, England(***)s Luke Donald won both the US PGA Tour money list and the Race to Dubai. His closest rival, Rory McIlroy, handed the European prize to Donald when he failed to win the season finale, the Dubai World Championship.;*;Martin Kaymer was the man who holed the putt to give Europe victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup. However, 2010 was also a big year for the German golfer. On the back of his US PGA Championship win, he held off Ireland(***)s Graham McDowell to win the Race of Dubai. ;*;In 2009, Rory McIlroy(***)s youthful aspirations were thwarted by England(***)s Lee Westwood. Then only 20, McIlroy led Westwood going into the Dubai World Championship but couldn(***)t compete as Westwood shot a course record 64 to finish on 23 under par. ;*;Before Dubai, the top European prize was known as the Order of Merit. The prize was still awarded to the golfer who won the most money on the European Tour. In 2008, Robert Karlson shrugged off Lee Westwood to become the first Swede to the win the Order of Merit title.;*;Winner of the 2006 tournament, Ireland(***)s Padraig Harrington couldn(***)t achive back-to-back victories when Justin Rose won the Order of Merit for the first time in 2007. Rose knew he had already claimed the award when he went into a three way playoff for the Volvo Masters, but he managed to win that too!    ;*;With eight to his name, Scotland(***)s Colin Montgomerie has won the most Order of Merit awards. The first came in 1993 and the last in 2005. He is also the third highest money earner on the European Tour of all time with over $30 million of winnings. There(***)s good money in golf, eh! ;*;Another man known for his prowess on the European golf tour was the late and great Seve Ballesteros. The Spaniard won six Order of Merit awards, the last coming in 1991. Next in the all-time list comes England(***)s Peter Oosterhuis (4) and Scotland(***)s Sandy Lyle (3). Daylife ID:
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In Pictures: Race to Dubai winnershttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winnersPreviously called the Order of Merit, Al Jazeera looks back at the past winners of the European tour and how much money they earned whilst doing it.en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:39:08 GMTWed, 10 Oct 2012 15:02:00 GMTTeam Europe golfer McIlroy celebrates winning the Ryder Cup during the 39th Ryder Cup singles golf matches at the Medinah Country Clubhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0csubSxf1I8SL

The Race to Dubai is the ultimate prize on the European tour. It is awarded to the golfer with the greatest prize money at the end of the tour. Rory McIroy currently leads the race although South Africa's Branden Grace is closing him down.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:17:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0csubSxf1I8SLMIKE BLAKEREUTERSReuters Pictures

The Race to Dubai is the ultimate prize on the European tour. It is awarded to the golfer with the greatest prize money at the end of the tour. Rory McIroy currently leads the race although South Africa's Branden Grace is closing him down.

Team Europe golfer McIlroy celebrates winning the Ryder Cup during the 39th Ryder Cup singles golf matches at the Medinah Country Club
Dubai Golf World Championshiphttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=09Lg33j3qt4NW

In 2011, England's Luke Donald won both the US PGA Tour money list and the Race to Dubai. His closest rival, Rory McIlroy, handed the European prize to Donald when he failed to win the season finale, the Dubai World Championship.

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:13:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=09Lg33j3qt4NWALI HAIDEREPAEPA Images

In 2011, England's Luke Donald won both the US PGA Tour money list and the Race to Dubai. His closest rival, Rory McIlroy, handed the European prize to Donald when he failed to win the season finale, the Dubai World Championship.

Dubai Golf World Championship
Germany's Martin Kaymer poses with the Race to Dubai trophy after the final round of the Dubai World Championship European PGA golf tournament in Dubaihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0dV95ULeHNeBb

Martin Kaymer was the man who holed the putt to give Europe victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup. However, 2010 was also a big year for the German golfer. On the back of his US PGA Championship win, he held off Ireland's Graham McDowell to win the Race of Dubai. 

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:24:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0dV95ULeHNeBbAHMED JADALLAHREUTERSReuters Pictures

Martin Kaymer was the man who holed the putt to give Europe victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup. However, 2010 was also a big year for the German golfer. On the back of his US PGA Championship win, he held off Ireland's Graham McDowell to win the Race of Dubai. 

Germany's Martin Kaymer poses with the Race to Dubai trophy after the final round of the Dubai World Championship European PGA golf tournament in Dubai
Dubai World Championship - Final Roundhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0bIRgkH3hIgha

In 2009, Rory McIlroy's youthful aspirations were thwarted by England's Lee Westwood. Then only 20, McIlroy led Westwood going into the Dubai World Championship but couldn't compete as Westwood shot a course record 64 to finish on 23 under par. 

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:04:44 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0bIRgkH3hIghaAndrew RedingtonGetty ImagesGetty Images

In 2009, Rory McIlroy's youthful aspirations were thwarted by England's Lee Westwood. Then only 20, McIlroy led Westwood going into the Dubai World Championship but couldn't compete as Westwood shot a course record 64 to finish on 23 under par. 

Dubai World Championship - Final Round
Robert Karlson of Sweden tees off on thehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0h0PbUGef44QS

Before Dubai, the top European prize was known as the Order of Merit. The prize was still awarded to the golfer who won the most money on the European Tour. In 2008, Robert Karlson shrugged off Lee Westwood to become the first Swede to the win the Order of Merit title.

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:02:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0h0PbUGef44QSMARWAN NAAMANIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Before Dubai, the top European prize was known as the Order of Merit. The prize was still awarded to the golfer who won the most money on the European Tour. In 2008, Robert Karlson shrugged off Lee Westwood to become the first Swede to the win the Order of Merit title.

Robert Karlson of Sweden tees off on the
Justin Rosehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=07aC2VX71Adpx

Winner of the 2006 tournament, Ireland's Padraig Harrington couldn't achive back-to-back victories when Justin Rose won the Order of Merit for the first time in 2007. Rose knew he had already claimed the award when he went into a three way playoff for the Volvo Masters, but he managed to win that too!    

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=07aC2VX71AdpxCharlie RiedelAPAP Photo

Winner of the 2006 tournament, Ireland's Padraig Harrington couldn't achive back-to-back victories when Justin Rose won the Order of Merit for the first time in 2007. Rose knew he had already claimed the award when he went into a three way playoff for the Volvo Masters, but he managed to win that too!    

Justin Rose
Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie watchehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0cvMdJw00wcp4

With eight to his name, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie has won the most Order of Merit awards. The first came in 1993 and the last in 2005. He is also the third highest money earner on the European Tour of all time with over $30 million of winnings. There's good money in golf, eh! 

Sat, 26 May 2012 12:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=0cvMdJw00wcp4GLYN KIRKAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

With eight to his name, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie has won the most Order of Merit awards. The first came in 1993 and the last in 2005. He is also the third highest money earner on the European Tour of all time with over $30 million of winnings. There's good money in golf, eh! 

Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie watche
STAMP OF SEVERIANO BALLESTEROShttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=00eu8Die2n6jg

Another man known for his prowess on the European golf tour was the late and great Seve Ballesteros. The Spaniard won six Order of Merit awards, the last coming in 1991. Next in the all-time list comes England's Peter Oosterhuis (4) and Scotland's Sandy Lyle (3).

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:49:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Race-to-Dubai-winners?image_id=00eu8Die2n6jgJESUS PENA / Seve Ballesteros Foundatio / HOEPAEPA Images

Another man known for his prowess on the European golf tour was the late and great Seve Ballesteros. The Spaniard won six Order of Merit awards, the last coming in 1991. Next in the all-time list comes England's Peter Oosterhuis (4) and Scotland's Sandy Lyle (3).

STAMP OF SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS


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