Molinari aiming to end dream season on a high in Dubai

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Dunne must finish second to make the top 30 in the final Race to Dubai standings who qualify for The Open while Lowry, who tied for second on the Earch Course past year, must be solo fourth at worst if he's to tick Royal Portrush off his wish list for Christmas.

"I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week-in and week-out, and for the most part of the season that is in America, " McIlroy said.

Molinari holds a lead of more than one million points in the race and only Tommy Fleetwood, the defending champion, can stop him.

This is the last event of the season, the conclusion of the Race to Dubai series, and the last chance that fans of the Tour will get to see the best the continent has to offer in action in 2018.

This Week's DP World Tour Championship Fantasy Picks & PredictionsYou must be a Premium Member to view our exclusive fantasy golf picks. The emirate is also home to the $3million Omega Dubai Desert Classic - running since 1989, the tournament was the first European Tour event to be staged outside European borders and paved the way for the Tour's transformation into a year-round global competition. What I can say for me is that it's been a great season and however it goes this week, I'm still going to have lots of great memories from all of what I've done this year, and probably the best memory is what we've done together with him in France.

"Right now, I've got two events on my schedule in Europe and I don't have to commit to that until next year", he said. While giving up membership in a non-Ryder Cup year does not impact his playing status, new rules state that giving up membership makes you ineligible to be a captain or vice captain in the future.

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"And it's a big shift but I think it's good for a lot of reasons".

The emotional win was Westwood's 24th on the European Tour and his third at the Nedbank but the victory also ended the hopes of Haotong Li, Rory McIlroy and Lucas Bjerregaard having any mathematical chance of claiming the top prize; meaning there are now just two men left in the hunt.

29-year old McIlroy has already confirmed that he will play at the Irish Open at Lahinch in July, and he is already locked in for the European Masters in Switzerland in September 2019, however it looks increasingly likely that Lahinch will be his first European Tour appearance of the season.

The sensational Ryder Cup partnership widely known as "Moliwood", now sit in first and second place in the Race to Dubai and are the only two players who can take home the trophy leading into the final event of the competition this week.

"So, yes right now my European Tour membership is all sort of up in the air but if it were to be that I don't fulfil my membership next year, it's not a Ryder Cup year so it's not the end of the world". Obviously you will still be wanting to achieve more, first of all. Played on the Greg Norman-designed Earth course, it pits against one another the top 60 players in the season-long standings: the Race to Dubai. They make their own schedules and whether it be the PGA Tour or the European Tour, it's very hard to get them to turn up.

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