World Golf Glance
WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, 7,018 metres, par 72).
Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1,333,300.
Last year: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the season-ending event to become the first player to sweep the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Last week: American Brooks Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open for his first European Tour title, beating England’s Ian Poulter by a stroke.
Notes: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy wrapped up the Race to Dubai title on Sunday, earning $1.25 million. He also won the season title in 2012, birdieing the final five holes to win the finale. McIlroy is making his first start since the Dunhill Links last month. He won the British Open in July and US PGA Championship in August. ... The field is limited to the top 60 in the money-based Race to Dubai standings.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA
Site: Melbourne, Australia.
Course: Metropolitan Golf Club (7,682 yards, 7,024 metres, par 71).
Purse: $875,000. Winner’s share: $157,500.
Last year: Australia’s Adam Scott successfully defended his title, beating American Matt Kuchar by two strokes at Royal Melbourne. Scott won at Kingston Heath in 2012.
Last week: Australia’s Anthony Brown won the NSW Open, topping New Zealand’s Josh Geary with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: Scott won the Colonial in Texas in May for his 11th US PGA Tour title. ... Jarrod Lyle is in the field. Last year, he returned to play in the event following a 20-month layoff because of a recurrence of leukemia. He played two tour events last month. ... The Australian Open is next week at The Australian in Sydney.
US LPGA TOUR
CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Naples, Florida.
Course: Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Tiburon Course (6,540 yards, 5,980 metres, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $500,000.
Last year: China’s Shanshan Feng won the season-ending event. She closed with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Gerina Piller.
Last week: Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico for her first US LPGA Tour victory in nine years. She beat Feng on the second hole off a playoff after losing a five-stroke lead in the final round.
Notes: The winner of the inaugural Race to the CME Globe will earn $1 million. Points leader Stacy Lewis, second-place Inbee Park and third-place Lydia Ko are in position to win the bonus with a tournament victory no matter where the other players finish. No. 4 Michelle Wie, No. 5 So Yeon Ryu, No. 6 Feng, No. 7 Anna Nordqvist, No. 8 Chella Choi and No. 9 Karrie Webb also have a chance to take the season title with a victory. ... The second-ranked Lewis leads the Vare Trophy and Rolex Player of the Year standings and tops the money list. The top-ranked Park is second in all three races — 0.095 behind in scoring average for the Vare Trophy, three points back for Player of the Year and $292,849 behind on the money list. They share the tour victory lead with three.
US PGA TOUR
Next event: Tournament of Champions, Jan. 9-12, Kapalua Resort, Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii.
Last week: Charley Hoffman won the OHL Classic in Mexico for his third US PGA Tour title. Shawn Stefani was second, a stroke back.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix, Thursday-Sunday, Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
ASIAN TOUR: Manila Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Manila, Philippines. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament, through Friday, Orange County National, Panther Lake Golf Course, Orlando, Florida. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Xiamen International Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Xiamen Orient Golf Country Club, Xiamen, China. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daio Paper Elleair Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Golf Club, Ehime, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp