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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the DP World Tour Championship trophy during Day Four of the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai last year. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Rory McIlroy will be targeting his third DP World Tour Championship title at the famed Earth Course, his favourite hunting ground, from November 16-19.

The reigning European No 1, who is currently leads the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex, thanks to his two Rolex Series victories earlier this season at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic and Genesis Scottish Open, is also in line for the fifth Harry Vardon Trophy at the final Rolex Series event of the 2023 DP World Tour season.

The World Number Two has been at the top of the rankings since the WGC — Dell Technologies Match Play in March and is excited to tee it up at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

“Playing at the DP World Tour Championship is always an amazing experience. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a lot of success in Dubai and at this event in particular.

Amazing support

“The fans have been great, it’s amazing to have that support out there for us. When you have the top 50 golfers from the DP World Tour, you know it is going to be a fantastic competition. I’ve won here on a couple of occasions and I would love to be right there come Sunday with both trophies to my name.”

McIlroy has won the DP World Tour Championship twice and finished top of the season-long standings in 2012, 2014, 2015 and most recently in 2022, etching his name alongside England’s Peter Oosterhuis as a four-time winner of the prestigious title.

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Rory McIlroy has always enjoyed his game at the Earth Course. The Northern Irishman hoping to have another great event his year too. Image Credit: Supplied

The DP World Tour is the main men’s professional golf Tour of the European Tour group, with a global schedule featuring a minimum of 39 tournaments in 26 different countries across the 2023 season.

Formerly known as the European Tour, which was established in 1972, the 2023 DP World Tour schedule includes five Rolex Series events, along with four Major Championships, one World Golf Championship event, as well as tournaments staged around the world with a minimum prize of $2 million for all events solely sanctioned by the DP World Tour.

Top 50 golfers to tee up

The season concludes with the final Rolex Series event, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where the winner of the Tour’s season-long competition, the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex, will be crowned.

The 34-year-old currently leads Ryder Cup teammate and defending champion Jon Rahm by 2,155 points. The Spaniard announced his return earlier this season to celebrate 15 years of the event, which has evolved into a world-class sporting and social event showcasing ‘The Greatest Players on Earth’ as the top 50 golfers available on the DP World Tour tee it up in Dubai.

Fans can once again witness the drama unfold as the Race to Dubai Presented by Rolex reaches a dramatic conclusion in the UAE and Europe’s No 1 1 is crowned.