European Golf Tour Betting Guide
The European Tour is the 2nd biggest men’s tour in the world of golf at present, just behind the PGA Tour of America. One of the things which makes the European Tour so big is that in recent years it hasn’t confined itself to Europe, it has taken tournaments to Africa and the Middle East and Asia.
2009 saw the introduction of the Race to Dubai which sees all money won on tour in a calendar year added together and the top 60 on the order of merit after the Hong Kong Open which is the penultimate tournament of the tour get invited to the Dubai World Championship which is the season’s finale carrying a $7.5m bonus fund. The leader of the money list at the end of this tournament is crowned the Race to Dubai winner.
In total on the European Tour there are 46 tournaments over 25 countries comprising the Race to Dubai. The 2012 tour began with the South African Open in early January and will end as usual with the Dubai World Championship which begins at the end of November. Some of these events are co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour but they all count towards money on the Race to Dubai list.
You can bet on the overall Race to Dubai winner. This market is often updated after every tournament so the prices will chop and change weekly. You can also bet on top 10 finishes and when the Dubai World Championship itself comes along bookmakers offer a lot of special markets on the Race to Dubai.
Martin Kaymer won the Race to Dubai in 2010 holding off strong competition from Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Kaymer couldn't retain his title in 2011 however with Englishman Luke Donald winning the race. It was a truly exceptional year for Donald who completed a historic feat of becoming number one on both sides of the Atlantic, topping both European PGA and US PGA Tour money lists. After an incredible 2012 season, Rory McIlroy won the Race to Dubai, setting a new European Tour earnings record of over €5.5m
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