Outstanding performance: Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates his win in Dubai on Sunday. Picture: EPA
Outstanding performance: Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates his win in Dubai on Sunday. Picture: EPA

Dubai  — Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied the last hole to win the $8m 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 par total.

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 won the Race to Dubai, the Swede shooting a seven-under par 65 on the final day to finish on a 12-under par 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 in 2016 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 par, while Noren could do no better than tied 23rd at eight-under par.

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 when I sum it up, and this certainly didn’t make it any worse.

"It’s some very nice names on this trophy, so I’m delighted
and proud to get my name on it again."

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

He was solid throughout the round except for a pulled tee shot on the 15th hole that somehow came back in play after hitting a tree.

After making his four-feet putt for the decisive birdie, Fitzpatrick said: "It’s the most I’ve shaked over a putt in, for ever. I surprised myself. I’m normally quite sort of okay, but yeah, it was a tough one. It’s a great way to end the season. This is my best result of my career. There isn’t anything better than that, you know, so yeah, it’s been a very, very good week."

South African Charl Schwartzel was third at 14-under par 274.

AFP

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