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European PGA


Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, par 72).

Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1,333,560.

Television: Golf Channel (Today-Sunday, 3-8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 6:30-11:30 p.m.).

Last year: Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won the season-ending event, and England’s Luke Donald finished third to become the first player to win the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in the same season.

Last week: Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history, winning the Hong Kong Open for the third time. At 48 years, 318 days, Jimenez broke Des Smyth’s mark of 48 years, 34 days set in the 2001 Madeira Islands Open. ... Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the South African Open for his first victory since the PGA Tour’s 2009 Players Championship.

Notes: All 12 members of the winning European Ryder Cup team – Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Nicolas Colsaerts, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell and Francesco Molinari – are in the 57-player field. ... The top-ranked McIlroy has already won the money title to match Donald’s feat of sweeping the PGA Tour and European lists. ... Donald won the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday in Japan. ... South Africa’s Branden Grace has a season-high four victories. ... Greg Norman designed the Earth Course.