Westwood is the early 3/1 favourite for 2011 Race To Dubai

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Martin Kaymer may have emerged as Europe’s number one golfer this year, but the market is already open for next year’s Race To Dubai.

Unsurprisingly Lee Westwood is the early favourite, and having come so close to winning in Dubai on Sunday, the world number one has to be considered a front runner in the betting.

Kaymer is next in the market at 5/1 but is joined by Rory McIlroy, and the young Irishman knows he needs to start producing consistent performances at the majors as he seeks to justify his early promise.

McIlroy would need to have an incredible 2011 to surpass the achievements of Kaymer in 2010, and the German has admitted to realising three of his dreams this year.

Having won his first major, helped Europe to a Ryder Cup victory and become Europe’s number one golfer, Kaymer has said that he is fully focused on becoming the world’s number one and is also a frontrunner in 2011.

US Open champion Graeme McDowell has the ability, mentality and personality to become one of the best-loved players in the game.

Throughout 2010 McDowell has been a solid performer and only missed out on becoming Europe’s number one by two poor rounds in Dubai last week – the Ulsterman is 14/1 to win the 2011 Race to Dubai.

Having emerged as a major rival to Rory McIlroy in the ‘next big thing’ stakes, Matteo Manasserro’s maiden tour victory, plus his three top-five places suggest that the 25/1 offers plenty of value.

The Italian has earned exemption for all of 2011’s majors and his 36 placing in the 2010 Masters proves that the big occasion doesn’t faze the youngster.

Despite a poor season by his standards, Robert Karlsson ended up 6th in the Race to Dubai and is 16/1 to be the 2011 champion.

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