Tommy Fleet­wood wins Race to Dubai

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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.

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