DP World Tour Championship: Matt Fitzpatrick wins in Dubai

 

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Matt Fitzpatrick stroked home a four foot birdie putt to win the DP World Tour Championship in what was a stunning finish to the European Tour season as Henrik Stenson picked up the Race to Dubai title.

The 22 year old seemed destined to finish second after Tyrell Hatton narrowly escaped the water on the 16th and holed out of the bunker for a par on the 17th to keep a one shot lead heading to the final hole. However, on the 18th, his luck had finally run out as a slightly wayward drive trickled into the water.

Hatton was bogey free for the day and looked to be heading for his second victory on the European Tour, but his poor drive and eventual bogey at the last proved costly. He was clearly devastated with his finish but was there to congratulate Fitzpatrick as he walked off of the 18th green, showing great sportsmanship.

“Obviously it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s been a great week and for me it’s been the best year of my life. So I can’t get too downbeat, but these things happen.” Hatton said in his interview after the round.

Fitzpatrick made it clear how significant winning the event was as he said “It means the world. To win one of these Final Series events is really special.”

His final round 67 meant he won by a single shot and became the youngest to ever win the DP World Tour Championship as he added to his Nordea Masters win earlier this year.

Despite not winning the final event of the season, a final round 65 wrapped up the Race to Dubai title for Stenson. A very consistent season from the Swede, where he also won his first major championship at the Open, earned him his second Race to Dubai title.

“It’s been a great year, the best year of my career. I’ve always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think I’ve done that this year.” Stenson said after his round.

Playing alongside Stenson was Rory Mcilroy, whom many thought would come away with victory in the final event of the season. However, quite typically for the world number two, he left himself with a lot to do after the very first round, shooting three over par.

The Northern Irishman did manage to shoot a final round 65 to finish in a tie for ninth but he will have to wait to get his elusive number one crown back.

This was a fantastic end to the European Tour season, leaving golf fans eagerly awaiting the season ahead in 2017.

 

By Mason McDonagh

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