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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters: Laura Davies downplays lack of money-list drama

Dubai: Record seven-time Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner Laura Davies says the fact that this year’s money-list has already been won is good news for the season-ending Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

The disparity in prize money in women’s golf means Norway’s Suzann Pettersen won the money-list in September when she earned over €360,000 (Dh1.79 million) for winning the season’s most lucrative event, the €2.5 million Evian Masters. Only four other events on the 23-stage series have total prize funds in excess of €400,000.

“It’s a shame,” the Briton said. “It’s always nice if the last event comes down to the last few holes, like I had with Lee Anne Pace a couple of years ago and like Carlotta Ciganda had with Caroline Masson last year. It adds extra flavour, but on the other hand, it’s nice that this tournament stands out and everyone is out to win it. You’re not worried about money lists, because you know who has won all that.

“There’s more concentration purely on winning this event, which is obviously a good thing for this event. It’s a little bit disappointing that there’s no money list, but there’s the Rookie of the Year still up for grabs so that will be interesting.”

The men’s European Tour created a four-stage Final Series this year in order to avoid a repeat of 2012 when Rory McIlroy wrapped up the series before the season-ending DP World Championship in Dubai. But Davies said the equivalent in women’s golf may not be necessary.

“It’s difficult because we get big tournaments like this one [the €500,000 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters] and we get tournaments that haven’t got the big money in Europe for the rest of the year. So if you win the Evian Masters you’ve almost certainly won the money list, like Suzann won the Evian.

“It’s a difficult equation because that’s just the way it is in the women’s game. I think it’s an unusual year that it’s not come down to a shootout. It would be lovely to have a Final Series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and all the big places out here. It would be fantastic. But I don’t necessarily think it needs it. It’s a good standalone event as it is.”