Race to Dubai: Who's in contention from Team TaylorMade

As the Race to Dubai reaches its dramatic conclusion, members of Team TaylorMade are ready to make their final move and vie for the not only the Race to Dubai title, but also Rookie of the Year.

To get you primed for the final, we broke down which members of Team TaylorMade are ready to contend as well as dive into how they got there.

"It's a really fun one to come and play and it's nice to actually be here and have a chance to win the Race to Dubai if I take care of business this week, which I haven't had before."

- Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm is a big fan of the Rolex Series events, he’s already picked up a win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and finished second at the BMW PGA Championship. Currently sitting third in the Race to Dubai a win would put him in prime position to be crowned Europe’s Number 1. If he were to finish solo second, other contenders will have to finish worse than tied fifth place and not claim the title.

Rahm’s Race to Dubai -Winning Scenarios:

  • WINS the DP World Championship and the current R2D leader finishes lower than solo-second
  • Potential to win with a solo-second finish
  • Can have a mathematical chance at winning if he finishes tied solo second
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Rahm opened with a bogey-free 66 (-6).

Rahm's WITB; 

  • M5 Driver | 10.5°
  • M5 Fairway |15.0°
  • M5 Fairway | 19.0°
  • P750 Irons | 4-PW
  • Milled Grind Hi Toe | 52°, 56° and 60°
  • Spider X Copper putter
  • TP5 #10 Golf Ball

If there’s one thing you can count on at this time in the golf calendar, it’s that in form Rory McIlroy will be in the mix. In 2019, Rory now has 4 wins, 11 Top 5s and 18 Top 10s- a record for Rory!

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Rory's sadly out of the running for the Race to Dubai, but this week he's looking to match a career best with his fifth title of 2019. He ties the best scoring average on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and is 30 strokes better than any other player, sitting at 129 under par since the event began in 2009. Producing shots like the below, watch out for McIlroy!

He currently sits one shot back after an opening 64 (-8).

Rory's WITB;

  • M5 Driver | 9.0°
  • M6 Fairway | 15.0°
  • M5 Fairway | 19.0°
  • P750 Iron | 4 iron
  • P730 Irons | 5-PW
  • Milled Grind wedges | 52°, 56° and 60°
  • Spider X Copper putter
  • TP5 #22 Golf Ball
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"There's not many guys that have rookie seasons the way that me and Kurt have. If I finish top 20 on the Race to Dubai in my rookie year it's been an unbelievable success for myself and the team around. It's only positives from this year."

– Robert MacIntyre

To reach this stage of the season you have to be consistent and with 7 Top 10’s including 3 second place finishes Challenge Tour graduate Robert MacIntyre has quickly become a household name with his impressive form. This time last year Robert ranked #294, now he’s #83 and sits 11th in the Race to Dubai.

Robert has already secured his playing rights and thanks to finishing joint sixth on his major debut at Royal Portrush in July, he is already into next year’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s!

Robert's WITB;

  • M6 Driver | 9°
  • AreoBurner | 15°
  • P760 3i (2i Spec)
  • P750 | 4-PW
  • Hi Toe | 52°, 56°, 60°
  • Spider X Copper
  • TP5x
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"When I was struggling midway through the season, I think I was really pushing myself, putting a lot of pressure on myself to try and finish high and win.”

– Kurt Kitayama

Making the grade at the Final Stage last year, Kurt claimed his first European Tour victory less than a month later at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open before becoming the fastest man to reach two wins when he captured the Oman Open in just his 11th European Tour start.

With 3 Top 5 finishes at a Rolex Series event, it’s no wonder that Kurt enters this week in contention for Rookie of the Year. Standing only five foot six inches, Kurt Kitayama certainly punches above his weight ranking 4th in driving distance, averaging 312.74 yards.

Kurt's WITB;

  • M5 Driver | 9° 
  • M6 Fairway |15°
  • P790 | 2-3i 
  • P750 | 4i
  • P730 | 5-PW
  • Milled Grind |52°, 56°, 60°
  • TP5