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Race to Dubai 2013 Rankings: Updated Look at Standings Heading into Turkey

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 27:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his second shot on the third hole during the final round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club on October 27, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 3, 2013

The 2013 European Tour is coming down to the wire, as just one tournament remains before the DP World Tour Championship gets underway in Dubai later this month. 

Heading into the Turkish Airlines Open, a number of big names remain in the mix for the title, so the last two events on the schedule should be very entertaining. 

With Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and leader Henrik Stenson all still very much in contention for the hefty $1.5 million winner's purse, there's sure to be drama in Dubai in a few weeks' time. 

Now, going into this week's event at Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Turkey, here's an updated look at the standings in the Race to Dubai. 

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:  Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in action during the final round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Race to Dubai Standings

 Rank Golfer Nationality Prize Money (€)
1Henrik StensonSweden2,203,260
2Graeme McDowellN. Ireland2,097,395
3Justin RoseEngland 1,878,160
4Ian PoulterEngland 1,660,738 
5Gonzalo Fernandez-CastanoSpain 1,559,492 
6Richard SterneSouth Africa 1,398,888  
7Matteo ManasseroItaly1,327,323 
8Thongchai Jaidee Thailand 1,317,190
9Thomas Bjorn Sweden 1,289,213 
 10Sergio Garcia Spain 1,280,581

 

As of now, the player with the best shot at catching Stenson is Graeme McDowell, at least on paper. However, Justin Rose has at least an outside chance at challenging the Swedish leader with a strong performance later this week. 

But once all arrive in Dubai, all bets are off, because with $8 million up for grabs, everyone will be at his best, and there are a number of golfers with strong chances to claim the top spot. 

McDowell is obviously very much in the mix, and so is Rose, but Stenson's consistency has been truly remarkable this season. 

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/
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No, the 37-year-old Swede hasn't won yet on the European Tour this season, but after a pair of top-three finishes at the British Open and PGA Championship, Stenson carried that momentum to a number of impressive showings. And that's why he sits in the driver's seat heading into the circuit's final two tournaments of the season.

One dark horse to keep an eye on is Rory McIlroy, who rebounded from a largely disappointing season to a top-10 finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He's still all the way back at No. 38 overall, but given his talent and pedigree, one can't discount the possibility of the two-time major champion surging to a surprising victory in Dubai. 

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