Rahm birdies last to take Race to Dubai title

As neatly as being quantity 1 in Europe, Rahm moves as much as third on this planet rankings after his fourth tournament make a selection of 2019
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai: Final-round leaderboard
-19J Rahm (Sp);-18T Fleetwood (Eng);-17M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra);-12R McIlroy (NI);-11D Willett (Eng);-10S Garcia (Sp), T Pieters (Bel), T Lewis (Eng);-9M Fitzpatrick (Eng)
Selected others:-7S Lowry (Ire);-6R MacIntyre (Sco);-4P Casey (Eng);-3J Rose (Eng);-2P Reed (US), B Wiesberger (Aut);ParL Westwood (Eng);+1F Molinari (Ita);+3I Poulter (Eng);+4T Hatton (Eng)

Jon Rahm birdied the closing gap to make a selection the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on 19 below par and clinch the European Tour’s season-long Flee to Dubai title.

Rahm holed a three-foot putt to achieve one earlier than England’s Tommy Fleetwood and make a selection the tournament for the 2d time.

The make a selection additionally supposed the 25-year-historical Spaniard additionally pipped Fleetwood, 28, to be the quantity 1 in Europe for 2019.

Rahm becomes the 2d Spaniard to have an effect on the feat after the late Seve Ballesteros, who gained it six instances.

“Seve became such an idol for us,” talked about Rahm. “To do aside my name there, it is exhausting to assume. I’m in a position to’t assume one of the most crucial things I in actuality devour achieved.”

Rahm survives rollercoaster day

Such drama on the closing green looked unlikely when Rahm started with 5 birdies in his first seven holes on Sunday to originate up a six-shot lead – however he then wobbled, making four bogeys within the subsequent eight.

In distinction, Fleetwood became inspired on the again 9, selecting up 5 birdies in his closing seven holes, in conjunction with at both 17 and 18 to blueprint level with Rahm at 18 below after a most efficient-of-the-day seven-below 65.

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Fleetwood carried out on 18 below, that formula Rahm knew he wanted a birdie four up the closing to construct up both prizes.

He produced a aesthetic up-and-down from a greenside bunker to card a closing 68, seal a one-shot victory and assert the Flee to Dubai.

It became his fourth make a selection of 2019 and his 2d in a row, having gainedthe Start de Espanain his closing tournament six weeks within the past.

The victory additionally takes him as much as third on this planet rating within the again of quantity 1 Brooks Koepka of the US and Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy, who carried out fourth at Jumeirah Golf Estates after a closing 73.

He additionally secured the ultimate winning cheque in tournament golf of $3m (£2.34m) and a extra $2m (£1.56m) for winning the Flee to Dubai.

“It became such an up-and-down day,” he talked about. “I had a six-shot lead and I came down 18 desiring a birdie to make a selection.

“But how over and over attain you dream of getting to birdie the closing to make a selection a tournament?”

European Tour 2019 Flee to Dubai closing standings:
1. Jon Rahm (Sp)5,898.3 aspects
2. Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)5,414.8
3. Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)4,905.9
4. Shane Lowry (Ire)3,813.6
5. Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)3,588
Fleetwood has now carried out first, 2d and third within the closing three seasons on the European Tour

Shut however no repeat for Fleetwood

Fleetwood started the week in 2d place within the Flee to Dubai standings within the again of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger however Rahm’s 66 on day three do aside him in price, four sure of the Southport participant.

But Fleetwood, who gained theNedbank Golf Painsin South Africa closing week, again produced his most efficient golf on Sunday as he took the battle your entire formula to the result in making an strive to repeat his Flee to Dubai success of 2017.

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Joint in a single day leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera carried out two shots within the again of Rahm in third after a closing 70, however 5 sure of McIlroy.

Wiesberger carried out in a tie for Twenty eighth, leaving him third within the Flee to Dubai, while Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre capped an excellent season with a 68 as hegained the Rookie of the one yearcrown.

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