European Tour golfers at this weekend’s Turkish Airlines Open have €7m (£6.2m) in prize money waiting for them, with a top reward of €985,495 earmarked for the victor.
And as the first of the Tour’s three end-of-season Race to Dubai series, it falls at an important time for those such as Englishman Tommy Fleetwood who are sat at top of the rankings and eyeing up a lucrative end of season bonus to take into Christmas.
The top 10 ranked players at the end of the Race to Dubai split a bonus pool of $5m ($4.4m), with $1.25m —- more than the top prize at all but one of the European Tour’s tournaments — awarded to the No1 player.
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Race to Dubai bonuses are denoted in greenback while regular-season European Tour tournaments pay out in Euros.
A field of 78 at the Turkish Airlines Open is whittled down to 60 for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai which has the largest prize money pot on the tour at €8m.
Ahead of this weekend’s tournament, Fleetwood has built up a commanding lead on the rankings leaderboard and — unlike some big names such as Justin Rose — has signed up to compete in all three of Race to Dubai series events to give him the best chance of holding onto his position.
Both men could become the first golfer other than Henrik Stenson or Rory McIlroy to win the bonus in six years, with the Swede and Northern Irishman having dominated since 2012.
Rose has chosen not to compete in next week's Nedbank Challenge in South Africa.
Yet the world No6 is third in the rankings ahead of this weekend and determined to clinch the top prize for the first time after two runners-up finishes, is in contention of winning in Antalya.
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Rose is two strokes off joint-leaders Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, while Fleetwood is way behind in 27th.
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Fleetwood has benefited from the inaugural season of the Rolex Series, the seven tournaments with a prize money pot of €7m or more launched by the Tour this year.
The 26-year-old earned €1.04m for winning the French Open in June and registered top-10 finishes at the Italian Open and Irish Open — all three events are part of the lucrative Rolex Series.Let's