Geneva, 9 November 2022 – The elite players on the DP World Tour will contest the prestigious DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at the Jumeirah Golf Estates from 17–20 November, with Rolex returning as the Official Timekeeper for this final event of the 2022 season.
Founded in 2009, the championship is the fifth and final Rolex Series event of the year which will determine the winner of the season-long DP World Tour Rankings Presented by Rolex.
Jumeirah’s Earth Course, set against Dubai’s shimmering skyscape, will once again host the competition, which this year carries even greater significance, with The Ryder Cup looming in 2023 and qualifying spots to play for.
FIVE YEARS OF THE ROLEX SERIES The 14th edition of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai marks five years of Rolex’s association with the tournament. The Rolex Series, launched in 2017, is the tour’s premium tournament category and comprises its five leading events, the other four being: the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; the Dubai Desert Classic; the Genesis Scottish Open; and the BMW PGA Championship.
The Rolex Series forms part of the Swiss watchmaker’s long-standing relationship with golf. The affiliation was established in 1967 when Arnold Palmer became the game’s first Rolex Testimonee. He was joined by close friends and fellow members of The Big Three, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Since then, Rolex has continuously strengthened those bonds, extending its support to every level of the game, including elite and amateur players, and all the Major championships and professional tours around the world.
RETURNING CHAMPIONS Among the past winners leading the way for the Rolex family of Testimonees in 2022 is Matthew Fitzpatrick. Currently third in the DP World Tour Rankings Presented by Rolex, he will be vying to cap an exceptional season with a victory in Dubai, having won his first Major championship at the U.S. Open in June. In 2016, Fitzpatrick won this championship for the first time at the age of 22; in doing so, he became the youngest Englishman to claim three of the tour’s titles and obtained automatic selection for The Ryder Cup that year. He lifted the trophy for a second time four years later and finished a career-high second on the Race to Dubai rankings.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Fitzpatrick said:
“The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is always a highlight of the year and a particularly special tournament for me, having won it in 2016 and 2020. I have played some of my best golf there, and with all to play for in the championship, I am really excited to be back at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. This year has been my best season yet and I am hoping to finish it off with a strong performance.”
Fellow Testimonee Jon Rahm is another with a proud history of success in Dubai, having triumphed here in 2017 and again in 2019 when his victory also clinched the Race to Dubai crown. The Spaniard will be aiming to add to his seven DP World Tour titles.