Jon Rahm To Miss Race To Dubai Finale

Not only will the world number one not play in the European Tours final event in Dubai, but will reportedly be absent for the remainder of 2021.

Jon Rahm to miss Race to Dubai
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Currently sitting third in the Race to Dubai standings, Rahm, the 2019 Race to Dubai champion will not be appearing at the DP World Tour Championship, an event he has won twice previously.

Rahm has endured a rather strenuous 2021, playing in 21 tournaments. He became the first Spaniard to win the US Open (opens in new tab), tested positive for Covid twice and has also welcomed Kepa, his first child, into the world.

On top of all that, Rahm was Europe's stand-out player at the Ryder Cup, playing all five matches and picking up 3.5 points in a USA dominated event.

Jon Rahm to miss Race to Dubai

USA defeated Europe 19-9 in historic fashion at Whistling Straits.

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In a recent statement, the world number one said “After lengthy discussions with my team, I have come to the difficult decision not to travel to Dubai next week.

"The demands of a long season with many ups and downs has taken a lot out of me. I feel I need to take time to recharge my batteries while spending quality time with my family."

"I would like to take this opportunity to wish DP World and the European Tour all the best for the season-ending event, which is always such a special tournament. 

"I would also like to reiterate my congratulations to both for the announcement of the DP World Tour earlier this week, and I look forward very much to competing on the DP World Tour next year."

The decision is a big blow for the event, especially as only last week the European Tour announced a huge rebranding (opens in new tab). From the beginning of the 2022 season, it will now be known as the DP World Tour.

As well as Rahm, recent PGA Tour winner, Viktor Hovland, will not be featuring, with Justin Rose choosing to play in the RSM Classic instead of the European Tour finale.

Players who will be featuring are Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed, who were handed special exemptions by the European Tour to be part of the field in Dubai.

Jon Rahm misses Race to Dubai

Rose will be featuring at the RSM Classic instead of the DP World Tour Championship.

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The Major winners had both failed to fulfil the minimum requirement of four European Tour events - outside of the majors and World Golf Championship - this season, seeing the pair both removed from the Race to Dubai rankings.

However, due to the "continued challenges" caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made to offer them a place, with CEO Keith Pelley allowing them a position in the qualified field.

Going into the tournament finale, which gets underway on the 18th - 21st November, it will be Americans Collin Morikawa (opens in new tab) and Billy Horschel (opens in new tab) who are the favourites, with Morikawa currently leading his fellow countryman by just 236.2 points.

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


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