Golfs real Player of the Year decided this week


Golf’s real Player of the Year is decided this week.

It’s a two-man race between Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.

They’ll tee it up at the Dubai World Championship as the only players who can win the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai. The European Tour is home to the players who are having the best seasons in the world this year.

Kaymer, McDowell and world No. 1 Lee Westwood rank 1-2-3 on the Race to Dubai money list, but Westwood is too far behind to claim his second consecutive Race to Dubai title.

Kaymer won the year's final major, the PGA Championship, and he has a European Tour leading four victories this season. McDowell counts the U.S. Open among his three titles this season and also clinched the Ryder Cup for the Euros.

Kaymer leads the Race to Dubai by 290,911 euros over McDowell.

With 910,348 euros going to the winner of the Dubai World Championship, Kaymer and McDowell can seize the Race to Dubai title with a victory. McDowell also can surpass Kaymer with a second- or third-place finish, depending on how Kaymer finishes.

Seven of the top 11 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to play in Dubai. The Golf Channel will air Thursday through Sunday's event with broadcast times beginning at 6 a.m. (ET) and running throughout the day.