Despite valiant efforts from some of the world’s best, including Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and current Race leader Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson emerged victorious on Sunday, finishing two shots ahead of second-place Jamie Donaldson. However, Stenson remains very much the man to beat, as the Swedish star’s 18-under performance at the final tournament prior to the DP World Tour Championship later this week. Here’s a look at the latest projected rankings after the third event in this season’s Race to Dubai. Projected Final Series Rankings 1,407,779 EuropeanTour For a complete look at the predicted standings after the Turkish Airlines Open, head to EuropeanTour.com . Obviously, Stenson’s lead is reasonably comfortable, as he’s up by more than 200,000 points on Rose and the rest of the field heading into the European Tour finale in Dubai. That being said, Rose, last year’s runner-up to Rory McIlroy, has to be pleased with what was another strong performance for the 33-year-old. David Cannon/Getty Images After having tied with Woods for third, Rose is one of the few with a realistic chance of catching Stenson, and given how consistent the 2013 U.S. Open champion has been this year, one can’t count him out yet. Beyond him is Graeme McDowell, who will drop from second to third in the rankings, but that’s largely because he opted not to play in Turkey. Outside of McDowell and Rose, Ian Poulter’s play has been encouraging as well, as his fifth-place result here will keep him at least in contention if he has a strong showing in Dubai. And, one can’t discount the chances of Dubuisson and runner-up Donaldson, as both will look to carry the momentum gained at the Montgomerie Maxx course into next weekend. Dubuisson is playing the best golf of his career, and if he plays the way he did, particularly during the third round, he’ll be in for a big pay day in a week’s time. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Though he narrowly missed out on the title, Donaldson’s Round 4 outing opened some eyes as well, as his 63 was the day’s best. Now, heading into the climax of the 2013 European Tour season, it’ll take an equally impressive showing from either of them if they hope to catch Stenson, Rose and McDowell.
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Golf-Happy homecoming as Scott wins Australian PGA
“I’ve been looking forward to coming home since April and playing in front of my friends and family.” Scott’s American playing partner Rickie Fowler finished second after a fourth round 68 with local youngster Jack Wilson, who also shot a 68, a further two shots back in third on eight-under. Despite holding a two-shot advantage after the second round and extending it to three on Saturday, Scott’s lead had been cut to one by Fowler when the players were taken off the Royal Pines course with the leaders on the 12th hole. After the weather break, though, there was only player in it with Scott immediately nailing a four iron from 215 metres to leave himself with a tap-in for an eagle three. “I kind of had some momentum going into the break having parred the 11th but when I came out I knew I had to do something special to win it,” he said. Fowler tried to keep pace with a birdie of his own but bogeyed the 13th and when Scott picked up shots at the 14th and 15th, the latter courtesy of another sublime approach shot, the Australian’s 24th career title looked assured.
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