How can Louis, Branden conquer Europe?

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The Race to Dubai ends this week in Dubai and, quite remarkably, seven players are still in with a chance of winning the season-long crown. Whilst Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett remain neck-and-neck after a long battle for the top spot, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Byeong-hun An all have a mathematical chance of winning and seizing the coveted title – European Number One.

Here are the scenarios of what the South African players in contention need to happen this week in order to top The 2015 Race to Dubai:

Louis Oosthuizen

Events: 12
Wins: 0
Top 10s: 6
R2D Points: 2,655,907

Having finished in the top 30 in all four Majors this season, including runner-up finishes at the US Open and Open, Louis Oosthuizen arrives in Dubai fifth in the current season-long standings. To become European Number One he will need to win or finish solo second. If he wins, McIlroy and Willett need to finish third or worse. If he finishes solo second, McIlroy and Willett need to finish 12th or worse.

Branden Grace

Events: 18
Wins: 2
Top 10s: 6
R2D Points: 2,556,148

Branden Grace was the first two-time winner this season, having won in South Africa and Qatar, and is sixth in the Race to Dubai. With two top five finishes in his last four events, he appears to be in form with one event left to play. To take home the Race to Dubai title on Sunday evening, the South African needs to win or finish solo second. If he wins, McIlroy and Willett need to come in third or worse. If he finishes solo second, McIlroy and Willett need to finish 43rd or worse.

 

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