By Matt Cradock
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, 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.
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. 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.
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 and Billy Horschel who are the favourites, with Morikawa currently leading his fellow countryman by just 236.2 points.
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. 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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