Big wins for Fitzpatrick, Stenson

DUBAI — Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied the last hole to win the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday as Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai for a second time.

England’s Fitzpatrick was completing a remarkable season in which he represented Europe in the Ryder Cup within two years of turning professional, and backed it up by winning the season-ending championship.

The 22-year-old closed with a 67 for a 17-under total at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

That was one better than compatriot Tyrrell Hatton who made a bogey on the last hole after hitting his tee shot into
the water.

Stenson shot a seven-under 65 on the final day to finish on a 12-under total.

He finished tied with Rory McIlroy, who needed to win the tournament to deny Stenson, but two of his closest rivals — Masters champion Danny Willett of England and four-time European Tour winner this year Alex Noren of Sweden — ranked second and third in the Race to Dubai at the start of the week, finished behind him.

Willett was tied 50 at one-under while Noren could do no better than tied 23rd.

Stenson finished on 4,148,402 points, with Willett second on 3,734,527. Noren was third, but Hatton pushed McIlroy to fifth place with his runner-up finish.

A delighted Stenson said: “It’s been the best year of my career. It’s some very nice names on this trophy, so I’m delighted and proud to get my name on it again.

“It’s hard enough to do one time, but to do two is something I’m very pleased with, and of course it shows how well I played over the course of the year.

“I had the BMW International Open win, and the win at The Open, but then it was another 10 really good tournaments throughout the year that when we sum it all up, that’s why we’re sitting here with this right next to me.”

Fitzpatrick was adding this tournament to his win in the Nordea Masters. — AFP

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