` hopes to take his pursuit of “quite extraordinary” Rory McIlroy to the last event of The Race to Dubai with victory in this week’s Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
The Spaniard is one of only three players who can mathematically overtake McIlroy to win The Race to Dubai, but he, Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem have to w“in both the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Youth and Sport as well as next week’s DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to have any chance of preventing McIlroy winning The Race to Dubai for a second time in three seasons.
That Garcia, Donaldson and Siem are still in the hunt is testament to their own form this season – with all three players winning on The European Tour as well as performing with distinction throughout the rest of the season.
Garcia took home the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as well as amassing three runner-up finishes, two of them to McIlroy at The Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Donaldson has had nothing short of a dream year in which he won the D+D Real Czech Masters, registered six further top five finishes in some of the game’s biggest events and completed a dream debut at The Ryder Cup as the man who secured the winning point for Paul McGinley’s European Team.
Siem’s season, meanwhile, went from decent to downright brilliant following his victory in the first event of The European Tour’s Final Series at the BMW Masters in Shanghai a fortnight ago.
Those three players, though, will have to find the kind of form that helped McIlroy win a second Major Championship, The European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship and the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational if they are to stop the World Number One collecting a second Race to Dubai crown in the space of three seasons.
Sergio Garcia: “I think Rory did something quite extraordinary this season and this summer more than anything, and maybe he deserves to be The Race to Dubai Champion, even before we play the Dubai World Championship next week. But there’s no doubt that it’s nice to be a part of it, to have still a little chance of winning it.
“It’s obviously very difficult but to at least be in the race for it and have a possibility of becoming The Race to Dubai Champion, it’s something that you look forward to and I’m going to need a couple of really, really good weeks – we’ll try it until it’s over.”
Jamie Donaldson: “Whatever happens over the next two weeks, it’s been the best season of my career by far, and it gives me some great foundations to build on for next year. If I did manage to win The Race to Dubai, it would obviously be a huge achievement but I’ll have to play incredibly well and win this week and next to even stand a chance.
“The Final Series is a great idea – you only have to look at the amazing fields that the tournaments have attracted to see that. So it should be an exciting end to the season, and I’m hoping to end the year on a high note.”
Marcel Siem: “Well, if Rory plays half decent in Dubai next week nobody has a chance to be honest but I’m just trying not to defend anything, to just go for it and have fun and see where it takes me. I am really looking forward to this week, though – I think there’s a lot of Germans out here in Turkey and they will be rooting for Martin (Kaymer) and myself. I really enjoy this golf course and I’ll just try to do my best.
“Winning in Shanghai in one of the Final Series events was just amazing. It’s totally different now. I have a bit more to play for because I am right up there – I’ve never been so high in the rankings on The European Tour.”
Source: European Tour