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Published November 18, 2013
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: In Abu Dhabi, Steve Elling reports the European Tour has "extended by three years its commitment to complete the season points race in Dubai." The tour will "end in Dubal through 2017, and at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, the only venue the season-ending DP World Tour Championship has known, but the Race to Dubai format faces an overhaul." The tour also is "moving ahead with plans" to open a satellite HQs at Jumeirah. DP World is "signed as the title sponsor through 2014, but it would be a surprise if the company did not maintain its relationship, based on all the signals." Meanwhile, the "future of the Final Series design is far less certain." European Tour CEO George O'Grady said that he was "personally 'disappointed,' a term he used several times, that top stars Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel skipped the event this week because of issues over the inaugural Final Series design, which required players to enter two of the preceding three events leading into the DP World finale." O'Grady said that the tour would "take the next few weeks to survey players about the design and that there would be no rush to judgement" (Abu Dhabi NATIONAL, 11/18).