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FedExCup vs. Race to Dubai – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 30th, 2010 by Chalk

FedExCup vs. Race to Dubai
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The European Tour’s Race to Dubai ended this past weekend, about two months after the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs concluded. The Race to Dubai rewards the Top 15 players in its standings, so we’ll compare those players to the Top 15 in the final FedExCup standings. Three golfers made both Top 15s: England’s Luke Donlad (#15 in the Race to Dubai, #3 in FedExCup), South Africa’s Ernie Els (#7 in the Race,  #9 in FedExCup) and England’s Paul Casey (#12 in the Race, #6 in FedExCup).

Here’s how the rest of the best matchup:

Winners: Martin Kaymer, Germany, (#3 in the World Rankings) Race to Dubai winner vs. Jim Furyk, USA, (#6) FedExCup winner.

Kaymer was gifted a major by Dustin Johnson’s blunder, but Furyk won three tournaments, including The Tour Championship where he sunk a putt for $11 million. Kaymer was 2-1-1 in the 2010 Ryder Cup, while Furyk was 0-2-1. EDGE: USA. USA leads 1-0.

Runner-ups: Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (11) vs. Matt Kuchar, USA (12).

McDowell won the US Open, while Kuchar’s only win in 2010 was one of the FedExCup playoff tournaments. McDowell was 2-1-1 at the Ryder Cup and won the deciding singles match, while Kuchar was 1-1-2. EDGE: Europe. All Square.

#3 Lee Westwood, England (1) vs. #4 Charley Hoffman, USA (51).

Westwood only won one tournament in 2010, but it’s hard to argue against the World Number One. EDGE: Europe. Europe lead 2-1.

#4 Ian Poulter, England (8) vs. #5 Dustin Johnson, USA (14).

Poulter had a very solid finish to the Race to Dubai and a better Ryder Cup, but Dustin Johnson had near misses at two majors. EDGE: DRAW. Europe leads 2 1/2 – 1 1/2.

#5 Francesco Molinari, Italy (15) vs. #7 Steve Stricker, USA (5).

Stricker had the better Ryder Cup and is higher in the world rankings. EDGE: USA. All square.

#6 Robert Karlsson, Sweden (16) vs. #8 Jason Day (35), Australia.

Have to go with the Dubai World Championship winner here. EDGE: Europe. Europe leads 3 1/2 – 2 1/2.

#8 Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (38) vs.  #10 Retief Goosen, South Africa (19).

Give it the veteran Goosen EDGE: USA. All Square.

#9 Miguel Angel Jiminez, Spain (29) vs. #11 Martin Laird, Scotland (49).

Got to give it to the old Spaniard. EDGE: Europe. Europe leads 4 1/2 – 3 1/2.

#10 Louis Ooshtuizen, South Africa (23) vs. #12 Nick Watney, USA (32).

Hard to argue with a major winner. EDGE: Europe. Europe leads 5 1/2 – 3 1/2.

#11 Edoardo Molinari, Italy (17) vs. #13 Phil Mickelson, USA (4).

We’ll say it’s Masters Phil again not Vegetarian Phil. EDGE: USA. Europe leads 5 1/2 – 4 1/2.

#13 Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland (10) vs. #14 Geoff Ogilvy, Australia (43).

Got to give it to the kid. EDGE: Europe. Europe leads 6 1/2 – 4 1/2.

#14: Alvaro Quiros, Spain (46) vs. #15 K.J. Choi, Korea (47).

EDGE: Draw. Europe wins 7-5.

It’s fairly close, but the European Tour’s Top 15 for 2010 does seem deeper and more talented than the US PGA Tour’s Top 15 for 2010.

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One Response to “FedExCup vs. Race to Dubai”

  1. Thomas says:

    We saw during the Ryder Cup that the European team is slightly better. On the other hand I think the event would have turned out very differently if it was played in the US.

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