By Fatiha Betscher in Dubai.
The field for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship has been officially confirmed.
There will be a field of 50 players teeing-up Thursday on the Earth Course here at Jumeirah Estates.
Tournament Director Freddie Schmeisser confirmed to Irish Golfer Magazine that China’s Haotong Li, currently ranked 53rd on the DP World Tour money-list is the last player into the field. Three players inside the top 53 will not tee up, American Will Zalatoris (No. 6 ), Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (No. 7) and reigning DP World No. 1 Collin Morikawa (No. 35) while Belgium’s Thomas Detry, the DP World No. 54, is first reserve.
The three have quite valid reasons for not being there however with American Will Zalatoris, at No. 6 on the Race to Dubai, is injured while the No. 7 ranked Thomas Pieters of Belgium has just become a father and double major-winning Collin Morikawa is getting married.
Schmeisser indicated there will be no ‘affiliate’ members teeing-up while he also said that it is a first time in some years that it will be an even numbered field.
There are many teeing-up this week, headed by World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, with links to and past victories in the Middle East including:
Rory McIlroy (NI): winner of the 2009 and 2015 Dubai Desert Classic, the 2012 and 2015 DP World Tour Championship, the Race to Dubai Champion in 2012, 2014 and 2015, four-time Major winner and three time winner of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.
Ryan Fox (NZ): winner of the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Classic
Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG): winner of the 2022 US Open and the 2016 and 2020 DP World Tour Championship.
Tommy Fleetwood (ENG): winner of the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the 2017 Race to Dubai.
Victor Hovland (NOR): winner of the 2022 Dubai Desert Classic.
Shane Lowry (IRE): winner of the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and The 2019 Open.
Adrian Meronk (POL): Dubai based and winner of the 2022 Horizon Irish Open.
Jordan Smith (ENG): winner of the 2016 Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge at Al Hamra Golf Club on the Challenge Tour.
Adrian Otaegui (ESP): Dubai based and winner of the 2022 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters.
Jon Rahm (ESP): winner of the 2017 and 2019 DP World Tour Championship, the 2019 Race to Dubai and 2021 US Open.
Pablo Larrazabal (ESP): winner of the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Tyrrell Hatton (ENG): winner of the 2021 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Guido Migliozzi (ITA): Dubai based and winner of the 2022 Cazoo Open de France.
Adri Arnaus (ESP): Dubai based and winner of the 2022 Catalunya Championship.
Antoine Rozner (FRA): winner of 2020 Golf in Dubai Championship played on the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP): Dubai based and winner of the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic.
Haotong Li (CHN): winner of the 2018 Dubai Desert Classic.
The confirmed full DP World Tour Championship field in Race to Dubai ranking order is as follows:
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
Ryan Fox (New Zealand)
Matt Fitzpatrick (England)
Tommy Fleetwood (England)
Viktor Hovland (Norway)
Shane Lowry (Ireland)
Adrian Meronk (Poland)
Jordan Smith (England)
Thriston Lawrence (South Africa)
Adrian Otaegui (Spain)
Ewen Ferguson (Scotland)
Jon Rahm (Spain)
Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)
Rasmus Hojgaard (Denmark)
Richie Ramsay (Scotland)
Pablo Larrazabal (Spain)
Yannik Paul (Germany)
Callum Shinkwin (England)
Tyrrell Hatton (England)
Richard Bland (England)
Victor Perez (France)
Thorbjorn Oleson (Denmark)
Hurly Long (Germany)
Shubhankar Sharma (India)
Guido Migliozzi (Italy)
Gavin Green (Malaysia)
Adri Arnaus (Spain)
Antoine Rozner (France)
Alex Noren (Sweden)
Connor Syme (Scotland)
Oliver Bekker (South Africa)
Min Woo Lee (Australia)
Kurt Kitiyama (USA)
Matthieu Pavon (France)
Sam Horsfield (England)
Ashun Wu (China)
Oliver Wilson (England)
Sebastian Soderberg (Sweden)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain)
Maximilian Kieffer (Germany)
Richard Mansell (England)
Eddie Pepperell (England)
Marcel Schneider (Germany)
Joakim Lagergren (Sweden)
Jorge Campillo (Spain)
Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay)
Romain Langasque (France)
David Law (Scotland)
Paul Waring (England)
Haotong Li (China)
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