European Tour

DP World Tour Championship 2018

November 15-18

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$8,000,000

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November 15-18

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$8,000,000

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Round 4

Willett wins again as Molinari tops Race to Dubai

November 18, 2018

Danny Willett made a triumphant return to the winner's circle as Francesco Molinari was crowned Europe's Number One on a dramatic final day of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai - the eighth and final Rolex Series event of 2018.

Willett wins again as Molinari tops Race to Dubai, © Getty Images

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Englishman Willett made three birdies in his last five holes to get to 18 under par, two shots clear of fellow Englishman Matt Wallace - who did enough to take a share of the Bonus Pool, finishing in tenth place in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex - and reigning Masters Champion Patrick Reed, who took second place in the season-long rankings.

“Winning is a rarity on Tour, really. I'm pleased to have won the tournaments that I've won over the last few years. I've won some pretty big ones, and obviously Augusta is always going to be special. But this, coming back after everything that's happened, this year, really, is going to go down in the history books for myself as one of the most pleasing."

“I kind of finished out those last five holes, six holes, having not been in that position for a long time. You never know if you're going to be back in the position, and it's nice that I got back in there and I handled it the way in which I did."

Willett made his Major breakthrough in April 2016 with victory in the Masters Tournament but when he arrived this week at Jumeirah Golf Estates that remained his last title after battling with injury and loss of form. He missed five of his first seven cuts this season but a tie for eighth at the Italian Open ignited his campaign and two more Rolex Series top tens followed before he claimed European Tour title number six on the Earth Course with a final round 68.

“Back end of '16, beginning of '17, we picked up a couple of bad injuries, and we were right in prime position to win The Race to Dubai. The golf game wasn't in a good place and I didn't really want to play golf. There were some great things going on in the golfing world, but I wasn't in a position to where I was enjoying what I was doing, and I was in pain."

“Regardless of what would have happened today, I'm in a much better place than where I was, and I knew that things were going the right way and I was doing all the work possible to give myself chances to do this.”

After a stellar season that included a first Major title at The Open, a Rolex Series victory at the BMW PGA Championship, and a record-breaking five points from five at The Ryder Cup, Molinari entered the week knowing that only a win for closest rival and great friend Tommy Fleetwood could deny him the Race to Dubai title. Despite finishing 12 shots off the lead, Fleetwood's tie for 16 th meant that Italy had its first European Number One.

“I'm relieved more than anything to be honest. Clearly, I wasn't bursting with energy the last few days, but I did what I could, and luckily it was good enough. I'm really incredibly proud to know that my name is going to be on that trophy with some incredible names."

“I know I keep saying everything has been incredible, but if I think where I was before Wentworth this year; if someone told me I would go on to win Wentworth, win on the PGA TOUR, win The Open, five points at The Ryder Cup, I probably would have laughed. But it's happened, so evidently I've done something good, and I need to do more next year."

“After winning Wentworth and on the PGA TOUR, I mean, if you stop there, it still would have been probably my best season, because to win on two different tours is really something."

“Then on top of it, you put a Major and it becomes something else, and then The Ryder Cup, and now this. So it's really, like I said all season, it's been happening so fast that today on the first tee, they announced me as the winner of Wentworth and the Open Champion and the Race to Dubai leader, and it just doesn't sound real to be honest.”

Defending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai champion Jon Rahm finished in a tie for fourth place at 14 under par alongside fellow Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Dean Burmester of South Africa.

Englishman Tom Lewis and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa were a shot further back, with another Masters winner in Sergio Garcia at 12 under par alongside two-time Rolex Series winner Alex Noren and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Meanwhile, India's Shubhankar Sharma was confirmed as the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, after a debut season that included two European Tour titles.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Danny Willett
ENG
-18
67
67
68
68
270
T2
Matt Wallace
ENG
-16
68
65
71
68
272
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-16
69
66
67
70
272
T4
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-14
66
68
71
69
274
T4
Dean Burmester
RSA
-14
71
65
68
70
274
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-14
67
70
69
68
274
T7
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-13
70
73
66
66
275
T7
Tom Lewis
ENG
-13
69
69
67
70
275
T9
Alexander Noren
SWE
-12
69
71
67
69
276
T9
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-12
70
66
71
69
276
T9
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
71
68
67
70
276
T12
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
72
65
70
70
277
T12
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-11
71
66
69
71
277
T12
Jordan Smith
ENG
-11
66
68
69
74
277
T12
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-11
68
70
72
67
277
T16
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
69
67
74
68
278
T16
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
71
71
70
66
278
T18
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-9
71
69
72
67
279
T18
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-9
69
69
71
70
279
T20
Lee Westwood
ENG
-8
70
69
65
76
280
T20
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
69
67
71
73
280
T22
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
69
69
70
73
281
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-7
69
73
70
69
281
T22
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
69
71
70
71
281
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-7
71
72
65
73
281
T26
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
72
67
69
74
282
T26
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
71
71
69
71
282
T26
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-6
68
73
70
71
282
29
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
70
70
69
74
283
T30
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
68
73
69
74
284
T30
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
70
72
74
68
284
T30
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
70
72
69
73
284
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
69
72
68
75
284
T34
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
72
72
72
69
285
T34
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
72
74
67
72
285
T34
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
71
75
69
70
285
T34
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
71
71
69
74
285
T34
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
69
71
72
73
285
T34
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
74
72
70
69
285
T34
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
73
68
73
71
285
T41
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
76
71
66
73
286
T41
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
72
69
75
70
286
T41
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
73
67
72
74
286
T41
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-2
73
67
66
80
286
T45
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
74
74
68
71
287
T45
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-1
71
73
72
71
287
47
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
68
73
72
75
288
48
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
73
75
69
72
289
T49
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
76
79
65
70
290
T49
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
74
70
74
72
290
T51
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
72
74
76
69
291
T51
Jorge Campillo
ESP
3
74
74
74
69
291
T51
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
72
70
73
76
291
T51
Robert Rock
ENG
3
71
73
75
72
291
T55
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
74
71
73
74
292
T55
Martin Kaymer
GER
4
72
75
74
71
292
T57
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
74
76
72
71
293
T57
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
5
69
74
69
81
293
59
Chris Wood
ENG
10
73
76
73
76
298
RET
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
75
-
-
-
75
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Danny Willett
ENG
-18
68
270
T2
Matt Wallace
ENG
-16
68
272
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-16
70
272
T4
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-14
69
274
T4
Dean Burmester
RSA
-14
70
274
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-14
68
274
T7
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-13
66
275
T7
Tom Lewis
ENG
-13
70
275
T9
Alexander Noren
SWE
-12
69
276
T9
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-12
69
276
T9
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
70
276
T12
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
70
277
T12
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-11
71
277
T12
Jordan Smith
ENG
-11
74
277
T12
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-11
67
277
T16
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
68
278
T16
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
66
278
T18
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-9
67
279
T18
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-9
70
279
T20
Lee Westwood
ENG
-8
76
280
T20
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
73
280
T22
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
73
281
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-7
69
281
T22
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
71
281
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-7
73
281
T26
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
74
282
T26
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
71
282
T26
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-6
71
282
29
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
74
283
T30
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
74
284
T30
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
68
284
T30
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
73
284
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
75
284
T34
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
69
285
T34
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
72
285
T34
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
70
285
T34
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
74
285
T34
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
73
285
T34
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
69
285
T34
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
71
285
T41
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
73
286
T41
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
286
T41
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
74
286
T41
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-2
80
286
T45
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
71
287
T45
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-1
71
287
47
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
75
288
48
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
72
289
T49
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
70
290
T49
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
72
290
T51
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
69
291
T51
Jorge Campillo
ESP
3
69
291
T51
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
76
291
T51
Robert Rock
ENG
3
72
291
T55
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
74
292
T55
Martin Kaymer
GER
4
71
292
T57
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
71
293
T57
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
5
81
293
59
Chris Wood
ENG
10
76
298
RET
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
-
75