Race to Dubai 2013 Standings: Latest Rankings Ahead of the BMW Masters

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates on the 18th green after winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup Playoffs at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Henrik Stenson looks to continue his successful and lucrative end to the golf season by holding his lead in the Race to Dubai. 

The Swede takes a lead of over 400,000 over second-place Graeme McDowell. McDowell is closely followed by reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

Rose and McDowell will be joined by the next 57 in the Race to Dubai rankings as they all attempt to keep Stenson from being the first player to win the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

As these guys prepare for the final four tournaments in this event, feel free to view the full standings here, or view the top 10 below. 

Race to Dubai Standings Heading into BMW Masters
Pos.GolferPoints
1Henrik Stenson2,118,961
2Graeme McDowell1,693,388
3Justin Rose1,661,271
4Richard Sterne1,314,557
5Matteo Manassero1,270,028
6Brett Rumford1,118,642
7Branden Grace1,087,355
8Ernie Els1,082,366
9Thomas Bjorn1,064,013
10Peter Uihlein1,057,810
EuropeanTour.com

Stenson has a nice lead, but this event is far from over. A combined $30.5 million is up for grabs over these final events.

Remaining Schedule
DateEventLocationPrize Money
Oct. 24-27BMW MastersLake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai, China.$7,000,000
Oct. 31-Nov. 3.WGC-HSBC ChampionsSheshan International GC, Shanghai, China.$8,500,000
Nov. 7-10.Turkish Airlines OpenThe Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey.$7,000,000
Nov. 14-17.DP World Tour ChampionshipJumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.$8,000,000
EuropeanTour.com

 

Predicting Race to Dubai Outcome

Obviously, Stenson is in great position to win this event. However, I have to wonder if he is prepared to do so. Stenson is coming off his victorious turn in the FedEx Cup, which netted him over $10 million. 

I think we could all excuse Stenson if he lost focus after pocketing that kind of coin. He hasn't teed off in an event since his FedEx Cup win. 

There was little denying Stenson was the best golfer on the planet at the close of the PGA season, but he's not going to be able to maintain that edge...or his lead. 

Sitting in second, Graeme McDowell appears to have his focus on the Race to Dubai.

McDowell enjoyed a successful season, but the Northern Irishman—with modest distance and a deft short game—was inconsistent. He also didn't have the most inspiring end to the PGA year, with a missed cut, 47th and 57th in his last three events. 

This doesn't inspire much hope in his chances. 

That leads me to the man who will win this event. Justin Rose will extend his breakout season by winning the Race to Dubai. 

Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Justin Rose tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Englishman had a solid close to his PGA year in the FedEx Cup playoffs. In those four events, he finished second, 16th, 33rd and sixth. Rose was also able to keep his game tuned while finishing second to Adam Scott in the recent two-day Grand Slam of Golf

Rose's ball-striking has helped him remain factor all season, and it will lead him to this end-of-the-year triumph.