Sergio García is still ahead in the Race to Dubai rankings after last week’s Ballantine’s Championship played at South Corea. Although it’s early in the season to begin with predictions and calculations, www.ten-golf.es website uncovered a remarkable fact.
Severiano Ballesteros last won the European Order or Merit (today’s Race to Dubai) in 1991, the last time a Spaniard won that money list. In fact, the ace from Pedreña was the only Spanish golfer capable of winning it (and he did it six times: 1976, 77, 78, 86, 88 and 91).
Olazábal was about to get that same honour a few times (was second in 1986 and 1989) and could have won it in 1994 if The Masters’ prize money had counted towards the European Tour Order of Merit, something that was implemented in 1998. Sergio García leads the Race to Dubai and it’s been a long time since a Spanish player last was in that position.
After 22 years, Seve’s still awaiting his heir. Right now, Sergio has a healthy advantage in the Race to Dubai rankings with €774,010 and this year he will be at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth at the end of May, a tournament he last played in 2000. Moreover, he will be at the brand-new and prestigious European Tour’s Final Series consisting of BMW Masters and HSBC Champions, Turkish Open and DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the Race to Dubai.
This multi-million final European Tour swing of events will decide the winner of the Race to Dubai, since the total prize fund for “The Final Series” is more than US$30 million.
Meanwhile, this week García is coming back to the official competition playing the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club, Charlotte.