Race to Dubai 2016 Standings: Latest Rankings Before Turkish Airlines Open

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Published: November 3, 2016

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Sweden's Henrik Stenson heads the Race to Dubai 2016 rankings as the European Tour arrives for the Turkish Airlines Open, the first stop of three events that make up the European Tour's Final Series.

This year's British Open champion Stenson leads the standings by 261,387 points, with Masters champion Danny Willett in second and Rory McIlroy in third.

However, the Turkish Open has been beset by a host of high-profile withdrawals, including McIlroy. Stenson will also not compete, so both will lose ground in the battle for the end-of-season prize of being named Europe's top golfer.



McIlroy, who would have been bidding for his third R2D prize, is missing the event due to security concerns in the country.

The world No. 2 told Agence France-Presse (h/t BBC Sport): "It was weighing on my mind and I slept a lot better knowing that I'd made a decision. I gave it a lot of thought, basically all week. The fact that I have won the FedEx Cup this year and that I have won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little bit easier."

Meanwhile, as Ewan Murray noted for the Guardian, Stenson was never entered in the event.

The Swede said he would focus on further fine-tuning his game, per Will Gray of the Golf Channel: "Back home to Orlando, do a bit of work with (swing instructor) Pete (Cowen) and then hopefully I can just carry on for the final two weeks."



Just three of the current top 10 in the Race to Dubai standings—Willett, Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood—will be in action in the 78-man field at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Belek-Antalya from Nov. 3-6.

The list of absentees should make good reading for Willett, and he'll have a big chance to make inroads into Stenson's lead.

With McIlroy also missing the second part of the Series in South Africa, a strong display from Willett would set him up perfectly for...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Golf

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