Luke Donald’s defence as European Tour Number One in 2012 will coincide with a refined Bonus Pool for The Race to Dubai.
The top ten players in The Race to Dubai at the conclusion of The 2012 European Tour International Schedule will share the $3.75 million Bonus Pool with the Number One player receiving $1 million.
This revision of the Bonus Pool follows the announcement by The European Tour of a significant new three year agreement to extend The Race to Dubai through to the end of 2014.
The season-long competition, launched in 2009, got underway this morning in the Africa Open at East London Golf Club where two-time Major Champion and former European Tour Number One Retief Goosen hit the opening tee shot.
The 2012 Race to Dubai will conclude with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE, on November 22-25, where the prize fund has been increased to $8 million with the winner’s cheque rising to $1.33 million.
DP World is continuing its support of the Hong Kong Open which, like the SA Open Championship, will be played on November 15-18 and following which the leading 60 players in The Race to Dubai will qualify for the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to have everything in place for the new three year phase of The Race to Dubai and were thrilled to have Retief Goosen strike the first shot of the 2012 Race at East London this morning.
“In DP World and Nakheel we have two incredibly strong partners fully dedicated to the future success of The Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.”
Donald earned a record €5,323,400 by winning, in 2011, the third edition of The Race to Dubai, following in the footsteps of Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
The Race to Dubai winner receives The Harry Vardon Trophy, first awarded in 1937, and a seven year European Tour Card exemption in addition to Category One Membership of The European Tour similar to the winners of golf’s four Major Championships. The Bonus Pool counts as Official Money on the final Race to Dubai standings.
THE 2012 RACE TO DUBAI BONUS POOL