Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed will return to the DP World Tour Championship from December 10-13, hoping to become the first American to be crowned European Tour number one.

The Ryder Cup star, who won the 2018 Masters, currently leads the Race to Dubai Rankings by more than 450 points from 2017 Harry Vardon Trophy winner Tommy Fleetwood, who will also be heading to Jumeirah Golf Estates next month along with PGA Champion Collin Morikawa, Lee Westwood and Victor Perez.

The 30-year-old has made no secret of his aim of winning the Race to Dubai since first taking up European Tour membership in 2015.

The world number 11 finished runner-up to Danny Willett in 2018 on the Earth Course and has also recorded two top tens in four appearances in the Race to Dubai finale.

Reed returned to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings after finishing in a share of third place at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the penultimate Rolex Series event of the 2020 season.

He topped the standings earlier in the year after his victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship in February, his second World Golf Championship title.

“Winning the Race to Dubai and the European Tours’ Order of Merit has always been a goal of mine. I came close in 2018 and you can bet I will do my best to earn the Number One spot,” said Reed.

“The DP World Tour Championship is an event I’ve been looking forward to since the rescheduled season was announced and it will be a great way to end 2020. Being a worldwide player is certainly at the forefront of my mind as a professional. Experiencing new cultures and playing in different conditions ultimately helps me become a more well-rounded golfer and person.

“I enjoy meeting new fans and travelling to different parts of the world to help grow the game of golf, and I truly enjoy the different cultures and countries that we visit and to be able to play at some of the best courses around the world, is such a gift, and something that I am truly grateful to be able to do.”

Set to make his first start in a regular European Tour event, Morikawa will hope to cap an incredible season with a strong performance at the DP World Tour Championship.

The 23-year-old became the third-youngest golfer to win the PGA Championship when he triumphed at TPC Harding Park, setting a new scoring record for the final 36 holes of the tournament with 129 strokes.

“I’m excited to travel to Dubai and play there for the first time. I’ve had the opportunity to play outside the United States a few times, which I think is important to experience early in my career, and I’m looking forward to playing in a new environment in the Middle East,” said Morikawa.

“The opportunity to win the Race to Dubai is a thrill and it would be a great way to end an unforgettable year.”

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