Morikawa, Horschel preparing to make history in Dubai finale

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The prospect of an American golfer being crowned as European No. 1 for the first time was already reaching the final of this week’s Race to Dubai.

Jon Rahm’s withdrawal from the DP World Tour Championship at the end of the season has made it even more likely.

Colin Morikawa and Billy Horschel – the Americans with big wins on English soil this year – arrived in Dubai as the top two players on the European Tour’s money list for the 2021 season.

Rahm was his closest challenger in the Race to Dubai standings, but the world No. 1, citing “demands of a long season”, leaving only four other players to finish the season as the leading player – or Who was once known as the “Order of Merit” winner.

And Tyrell Hatton, Min Woo Lee, Matt Fitzpatrick and Paul Casey have their work cut out, denying Morikawa or Horschall the Race to Dubai title everyone needs to win, while neither is near the top of the American standings. .

There is more than likely a duel between Morikawa and Horsell over what could be a historic week for the United States on the European Tour.

Horschel said, “I think it’s one more step closer… ultimately my goal is to become a Hall of Famer, one heck of a career that I might be inducted into the Hall of Fame at one point in my career.” “

“There’s a lot on the line this week, and we’ll see how it all plays out when Sunday comes.”

No American can be classified as a regular European tour. In fact, Morikawa has topped the standings in only two tournaments – the Scottish Open and the Dubai Desert Classic – played outside the Majors and the US-based World Golf Championships.

Winning the British Open at Royal St George’s in July basically propelled him to first place, where he sat on 3,856.40 points. That’s 236 points more than Horschel, whose big win this year came at Dell Technologies Match Play and then the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event at its headquarters in Wentworth.

There are 2,000 points for the winner at Earth Course this week – and Hatton is fourth on 2,472.1 points. For example, Hatton would win and Morikawa would need to finish in a worse than three-way tie for third and Horschel would need to finish in a worse than three-way tie for second.

The Americans need to go even further down the leaderboard for Lee, Fitzpatrick, and Casey.

Fitzpatrick is the defending champion, winning last year at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the second time since 2016.

“I’m thinking maybe I can play it blindfolded,” said the Englishman.

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