Thomas Pieters set to miss DP World Tour Championship: ‘Harry Vardon Trophy win still on my radar’

Thomas Pieters remains hopeful of becoming the first Belgian to win DP World Tour Rankings despite having to cut his season short.

Pieters, who is currently fifth in the rankings, is set to miss the season’s final event at Jumeriah Golf Estates in November due to the expected birth of his daughter.

The 30-year-old has put himself in prime position after a solid season so far with four top-10 finishes along with a victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship – the first Rolex Series triumph of his career.

However, due to DP World Tour Championship offering a huge 12,000 rankings points, the Belgian admits he needs a strong end to the year to have any chance.

“Unfortunately, there will be no Dubai for me due to the birth of my second daughter,” Pieters told Worldwide Golf. “But the possibility of winning the Harry Vardon Trophy is still on my radar and it would be massive to win it. However, I think I’m going to have to win every tournament I play now.

“The points are just so huge in Dubai in November. I think me not being there kinda ruins my chances of winning the rankings, but this is golf. You just never know.

‘’If I have a really good BMW PGA Championship and win that one, that would bump my chances, so we’ll see.

“I’ll be at Wentworth, the French Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so still have opportunities. After that, my schedule is still up in the air. I’m either going to play Portugal or go over to America for a week. Then I’m done for 2022.”

Rory McIlroy currently leads the rankings with the season to conclude at the DP World Tour Championship
on November 17-20.

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