World number six Francesco Molinari says it would “mean a lot” to be crowned Europe’s number one golfer. Molinari – who has not missed a cut on the European Tour this year – tops the Race to Dubai standings heading into this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who formed a sensational pairing with the Italian at the 2018 Ryder Cup as the duo won all four of their matches together, is the nearest challenger to snatch the crown from the 36-year-old.
A top-five finish in the UAE will see the Open champion top the season-long standings even if Fleetwood – who won the R2D last year – manages to win the tournament.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s first round, Molinari said: “It [winning the Race to Dubai] would mean a lot. I think it doesn’t matter how much you achieve in the game. Obviously you will still be wanting to achieve more, first of all.
“Second, it would mean a lot because it’s a season, year race, which makes it a lot harder to win. “You can have the best week of your life and win one tournament, but to win a competition that lasts throughout the season, with the amount of talent there is right now on the European Tour, is something really hard to do but also still hard to figure out for me how I’m here in this position.”