The 2017/18 European Tour season comes to a close this week with the DP World Tour Championship and a refreshed Ian Poulter can end up in the winner’s circle come Sunday evening.
The season-ending event at Jumeirah Golf Estates celebrates its tenth anniversary and barring an almighty collapse from Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari, the Italian will be crowned Europe’s number one golfer.
However, there is still a huge amount of prize money on offer for the winner of the closing European Tour event and Englishman Poulter can finally break his duck on the Earth Course after some near misses in the past.
Having slipped out of the top 50 in the world at the start of the year, Poulter triumphed at the Houston Open – his first win for six years – and that victory proved to be the catalyst to getting his career back on track.
The Englishman has posted four more top-10 finishes since that victory on American soil and he was part of Europe’s successful 2018 Ryder Cup team that beat USA 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in Guyancourt.
After finishing 21st at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the 42-year-old has taken some deserved time off to recharge the batteries and he heads to Dubai refreshed and ready to go.
Poulter has impressed in the UAE in previous editions of the tournament, having been runner-up in 2010 and 2013, and he will be optimistic of breaking his duck on the Earth Course.
Another interesting player in the market comes in the shape of Irishman Shane Lowry and he looks a very tempting price to get on after showing signs of revival this season.
The 31-year-old came close to landing the weather-affected Andalucia Valderrama Masters when finishing second behind 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia and there were several positives to take from that week in Spain.
Lowry followed that performance up with a tie for 14th at the Turkish Airlines Open before ending up in a share of 35th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa last time out.
The world number 70, who is seventh in strokes gained: off-the-tee this season, was joint runner-up 12 months ago when losing out to Jon Rahm by just a single shot and he has a great chance of going one better this time around.
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