DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R4

Jon Rahm pipped Tommy Fleetwood to the European Tour prize

November 21-24
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
US$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

DP WTC Dubai R4 - Jon Rahm wins Race to Dubai
Jon Rahm with the trophies of the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Spain’s Jon Rahm held off a thrilling charge from Tommy Fleetwood to win the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai.

Rahm enjoyed a six-shot lead after seven holes of the final round but eventually had to birdie the 18th to complete a closing 68 and finish 19 under par, a shot ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Fleetwood.

Fleetwood birdied five of the last seven holes to fire a brilliant closing 65 in pursuit of a second consecutive win after his victory in Sun City, but could only watch as Rahm held his nerve to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the last.


The 25-year-old is just the second Spanish player after Seve Ballesteros to finish the year as European number one.

“Seve is such an idol for all of us and so are Sergio (Garcia) and Olly (Jose Maria Olazabal) and so many of the great Spanish players and to think that I’m putting my name there before they do is hard to believe,” Rahm told Sky Sports.

“I can’t believe some of the things I’ve accomplished.”

Rahm began the final round tied for the lead with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera, but birdied five of the first seven holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates to open up a six-shot lead.

A bogey on the eighth coupled with Lorenzo-Vera’s birdie on the same hole reduced Rahm’s lead to four shots and the world number five then three-putted the ninth to give the chasing pack some hope.


Rahm, who had not played competitively since winning the Spanish Open at the start of October, produced the ideal response with a birdie from 12 feet on the 10th.

However, a bogey on the 13th was Rahm’s first dropped shot on the back nine all week and opened the door for the chasing pack.

Lorenzo-Vera took advantage with a birdie from close range for a two-shot swing and he soon had company in second place as Fleetwood birdied the 12th, 14th and 15th.


Lorenzo-Vera was inches away from an eagle on the par-five 14th but Rahm, who had been forced to lay up after finding the rough off the tee, matched the birdie after a brilliant approach to remain two ahead.

Rahm looked to have weathered the storm but surprisingly three-putted the 15th from no great distance and up ahead Fleetwood birdied the 17th and 18th to move into a tie for the lead.


After a perfect drive Rahm pushed his approach into a greenside bunker, but hit a superb shot to three feet and held his nerve to hole the birdie putt and seal a victory worth USD 5million (£3.9million).

Rahm collects the first prize of USD 3million (£2.3m) and a bonus of USD2 million (£1.6m) for winning the Race to Dubai.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Jon Rahm
ESP
-19
66
69
66
68
269
2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-18
67
68
70
65
270
3
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-17
63
69
69
70
271
4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-12
64
74
65
73
276
5
Danny Willett
ENG
-11
69
72
67
69
277
T6
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
71
73
67
67
278
T6
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
67
70
73
68
278
T6
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
70
68
68
72
278
9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-9
71
71
68
69
279
T10
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
71
72
72
65
280
T10
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-8
70
74
67
69
280
T12
Shane Lowry
IRL
-7
73
68
70
70
281
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-7
71
67
70
73
281
T14
Paul Waring
ENG
-6
71
77
68
66
282
T14
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-6
71
74
68
69
282
T16
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
73
70
68
72
283
T16
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-5
68
71
68
76
283
T18
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
73
72
69
70
284
T18
Paul Casey
ENG
-4
73
73
66
72
284
T20
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
73
73
72
67
285
T20
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
68
73
74
70
285
T20
David Lipsky
USA
-3
72
71
71
71
285
T20
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
71
72
71
71
285
T20
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-3
70
70
73
72
285
T20
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
74
71
68
72
285
T20
Justin Rose
ENG
-3
69
70
73
73
285
T20
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
73
70
73
285
T28
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
72
76
70
68
286
T28
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
71
72
73
70
286
T28
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
75
71
70
70
286
T28
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
70
71
73
72
286
T28
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
74
68
72
72
286
T28
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
74
69
73
286
T28
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
70
70
72
74
286
T28
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
69
71
71
75
286
T36
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
73
73
70
71
287
T36
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
74
73
68
72
287
T38
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
70
74
73
71
288
T38
Lee Westwood
ENG
Par
73
70
74
71
288
T40
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
75
69
76
69
289
T40
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
69
76
71
73
289
T40
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
71
74
71
73
289
43
Haotong Li
CHN
2
69
77
74
70
290
T44
Henrik Stenson
SWE
3
74
70
77
70
291
T44
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
74
76
70
71
291
46
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
4
73
79
69
71
292
47
Jordan Smith
ENG
5
74
73
70
76
293
48
Kurt Kitayama
USA
8
71
75
77
73
296
T49
Scott Hend
AUS
9
76
75
73
73
297
T49
Andrea Pavan
ITA
9
77
74
71
75
297