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Lyoness Open Agrees A New Five Year Deal With European Tour

The European Tour have agreed a new five year deal for The Lyoness Open to feature in the Race To Dubai until 2019 .

The tournament held in Austria will see it’s tenth consecutive staging next year but also held the event between 1990 and 1996 in the past and has had famous winners with the likes of Bernhard Langer and Paul McGinley.

The prize money has increased a bit since those days, and as part of the new agreement the 2015 tournament will see the prize money increase by 50% from €1,000,000 to €1,500,000. Diamond Country Club will be the host again next year as it has been since 2010.

This years event was won by Mikael Lundberg after holing a 40ft putt in a play-off against home favourite Bernd Wiesberger who was the winner of the event back in 2012.

This is a really excellent tournament and to have it as part of the Race To Dubai until 2019 is a great thing for the tour and for the players.

Stenson – A Major Bet For Next Season

Well it hasn’t been a bad year for Henrik Stenson, not only did he win the FedEx Cup, yesterday he went one better and won The Race To Dubai, the first time it has been achieved by someone in the same season.

Stenson had a dramatic loss in form a few years back due to losing a lot of money which he had invested and then he had a mysterious illness which took him a year to recover from.

His form over the last few months has been quite remarkable and he hasn’t finished outside of the top 10 in any tournament he has played.

The big Swede started the final round with a two-shot lead over Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and was four shots clear of good friend Ian Poulter.

Stenson though was a man on a mission and never looked like getting chased down, he played like he had the ball on a bit of string and was hitting every fairway and hitting it close on a regular basis, it was really was amazing to watch.

This year should see him in great stead for next year’s majors where he has to challenge in all four you would feel, I would get your bets on now for him to at least finish in the top 5 for three out of the four majors!

Who’s Going To Win The Race?

With the DP World Tour Championship looming Justin Rose hopes he is strong enough to become European number 1 for the second time in his career.

He is 214,000 euros behind leader Henrik Stenson but has to finish in the top 5 to have any chance of overtaking the Swede who has been on top form this year.

Graeme McDowell also has a chance of winning the Race To Dubai if he can muster up a victory regardless of where Stenson finishes. You really get the feeling McDowell will be in the mix come Sunday afternoon, he’s just that type of player.

But is Rose is determined to finish the season off on another high to go with his historic major win at Merion back in June.

Rose last won the Order of Merit back in 2007 and feels like it’s his time to shine again.

There’s a lot of money at stake here for a lot of players, which can sometimes bring out the best in them, let’s hope for a terrific week of golf and an exciting finish!

Lewis Inspired By Rose

Tom Lewis’ self doubt has been helped by what he has seen Justin Rose do over the last 6 months.

Lewis found himself in the limelight back in 2011 when he shot an opening round of 65 in the British Open giving him a share of the lead. He ended up finishing 30th and won the silver medal as leading amateur.

Since then he has lost form and found himself 117th on the Race to Dubai in 2012 and was 155th a few weeks ago. But a strong finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links has moved him up the ranks and he can now focus on trying to win for a second time at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course and get himself into the top 110 to keep his card next year.

He is a strong talent and will no doubt make his card for next year.

Sterne Wants Back-To-Back Victories

Well we have a new leader in the Race to Dubai after last weeks near perfect performance from South African Richard Sterne. He won the Joburg Open by seven shots and incredibly only carded one bogey in the 72 holes.

Sterne from Pretoria also managed to shoot the lowest 72 hole score of the season so far – a 27 under par score of 260.

Four years ago he managed to secure back-to-back victories and is hoping to do the same going into this weeks Africa Open, at East London Golf Club on the Eastern Cape.

This was Sterne’s first victory since 2009 and he is hoping that this is the foundation for a great season ahead.

As you know Richard Sterne only dropped one shot throughout the whole tournament, you can’t do this unless your short game is at its best. To learn more on how to get up and down from Greenside Bunkers click here.

Donald Leads McIlroy By One In Dubai

It was former number one Luke Donald who was back to his best today shooting a superb 65 to take the lead of the DP World Tour Championship, but he’s got the company of current number one Rory McIlroy sitting just one shot back following a fantastic 66.

Donald set the early place and showed that last weeks win at the Dunlop Pheonix in Japan was a sign that he is back to his best and competing with the likes of McIlroy again.

McIlroy didn’t have the best of starts but came to life on the back nine, with five birdies in seven holes putting him right back into contention where he loves to be.

The Northern Irishmen finished the day on six under par alongside Scotland’s Marc Warren  and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain.

All of the big names are  near the top of the leaderboard waiting to pounce tomorrow and hopefully set up a terrific weekend for us to sit back and enjoy.

Will McIlroy Cap His Season Off In Style?

Rory McIlroy is eager to finish off a fantastic season in style with a thumping victory in this week’s  Tour Championship in Dubai. 

The Northern Irishman heads up a 57 strong field of outstanding talent at the Jumeirah Golf Estates,  where there will be 28 of the season’s champions on display, but unfortunately McIlroy has already secured the European Tour Order Of Merit so it might not  be quite as exciting as we hoped. There is still £6million up for grabs though this week so there will still be plenty of competition on the golf course among the players.

It starts on Thursday and will most definitely be a great spectacle to watch!