Tommy Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai
Tommy Fleetwood was crowned the European Tour’s Race to Dubai champion for the first time after a spectacular collapse on the back nine by his nearest challenger, Justin Rose. The DP World
Tour Championship was won by Spain’s Jon Rahm, who fired a final-round 67 for a 19 under total of 269. Rose looked set for a remarkable third win in succession to seal a second Race to Dubai title on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, when he led by a shot with seven holes to play, only to bogey three of the next five. That left the Olympic champion needing to eagle the last to overhaul Fleetwood, but his long-range attempt slid past the hole. “It’s the biggest day of my career for sure,” said Fleetwood. “It shows the level of consistency and the amount I’ve improved as a player and as a person.” Fleetwood was struggling badly with his game 18 months ago and wanted to pull out of the BMW PGA Championship in May, fearing that he could not get the ball off the first tee. But the 26-year-old has reaped the rewards of returning to his former coach Alan Thompson and employing his friend Ian Finnis as his caddie.