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Rory McIlroy in search of a third DP World Tour Championship title and fifth Harry Vardon Trophy Image Credit: Supplied

Just 50 days to go until the DP World Tour’s season finale event, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course underway.

World Number Two Rory McIlroy is set to return to Dubai in search of a third DP World Tour Championship title and fifth Harry Vardon Trophy as he is currently occupying first spot on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnerships with Rolex.

But he is in close pursuit as reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm will be looking to defend his Rolex Series title at the DP World Tour Championship from November 16-19, 2023.

The prestigious tournament is set for its 15th edition. With an impressive list of past winners around the Earth Course which includes the likes of Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson, Alvaro Quiros, Henrik Stenson, Matt Fitzpatrick, Danny Willett and Collin Morikawa.

Dubbed as a world-class sporting and social event, the DP World Tour Championship will not only have the golf on offer for all, but as always the Fan Village will offer an array of experiences for all.

Family-friendly activities, a special Ladies Day celebrating women’s golf in style, the ‘Golf for All’ program which will offer attendees lessons on the driving range, along with an activity to put skills to the test through a ‘long putt’ challenge sponsored by DP World. Plus daily music performances from renowned local UAE based artists including Conleth McGeary, Lexie, Faux-asis and Garry Greig.

The DP World Tour Championship has also unveiled a number of sustainability initiatives in preparation for the upcoming event. The Earth Lounge on the 16th will be fully powered by solar panels and hydrogen generators, resulting in a remarkable 100% reduction in CO2 emissions; while Averda, the event's official waste management company, will recycle 75% of tournament waste.

Plastic water bottles are no more with the continuation of a total ban on single-use plastic bottles, having been replaced with free water walls and to date having saved over 81,000 bottles, reinforcing the event's eco-conscious stance. The golf course has also omitted overseeding, which conserves an estimated 20 million litres of water, reflecting the championship's commitment to both top-tier golf and environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Dubai's vibrant social calendar

Tom Phillips, the DP World Tour’s Head of Middle East, said: “We're thrilled to be celebrating the 15th edition of the DP World Tour Championship. This Rolex Series is not only a highlight on the global golfing calendar but has also firmly established itself on Dubai's vibrant social calendar. It's a testament to our commitment to delivering a world-class sporting and lifestyle experience that resonates with residents and visitors alike, and we can't wait to share this milestone with everyone.”