Race to Dubai 2009

golferLee Westwood took the glory in the first edition of the Race to Dubai in 2009, finishing ahead of his rivals following a thrilling final event. Irelandís Padraig Harrington had been voted the Golfer of the Year in both 2007 and 2008 before the Race to Dubai was launched, but he could not follow it up for a third year in a row and had to settle for 15th place in the money list.

The Race was launched in November 2008 and Westwood kept himself in contention with a string of consistent performances, before a final flourish in the last couple of months saw him pip Rory McIlroy to top spot. Westwoodís first tournament success came at the Portugal Masters in October, and he then triumphed at the inaugural Dubai World Championship thanks to a masterful display.

Westwood, who had also been named Golfer of the Year in 1998 and 2008, took home $1.5 million of the Race to Dubaiís $7.5 million bonus pool, with the remainder being shared by the next 14 players according to their rankings. The bonus pool was originally intended to be worth $10 million, but the economic problems experienced globally in 2009 led to the bonus pool being decreased.

Germanyís Martin Kaymer and English duo Ross Fisher and Paul Casey rounded out the rest of the top five behind Westwood and McIlroy, in a year when the four Majors were won by Argentinaís Angel Cabrera (Masters), the USAís Lucas Glover (US Open) and Stewart Cink (The Open) and South Koreaís Yang Yong-eun (US PGA).

The top 15 Race 2009 finishers and the prize money won by each can be seen in the table below:

 

PLAYER

NATION

PRIZE MONEY (€)

01

Lee Westwood

ENG

4,237,762

02

Rory McIlroy

NIR

3,610,020

03

Martin Kaymer

GER

2,864,342

04

Ross Fisher

ENG

2,531,183

05

Paul Casey

ENG

2,362,947

06

Geoff Ogilvy

AUS

2,202,814

07

Oliver Wilson

ENG

2,010,158

08

Simon Dyson

ENG

1,807,753

09

Ian Poulter

ENG

1,773,470

10

Sergio Garcia

ESP

1,660,788

11

Ernie Els

RSA

1,571,577

12

Ross McGowan

ENG

1,558,808

13

Søren Kjeldsen

DEN

1,529,253

14

Francesco Molinari

ITA

1,505,010

15

Padraig Harrington

IRL

1,468,232