DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R4

Fitzpatrick and Westwood take the honours

December 10-13
Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R4 - Fitzpatrick and Westwood take the honours
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)


Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed a second victory at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai with Lee Westwood winning the Harry Vardon Trophy for the third time as the 2020 Race to Dubai culminated in a dramatic afternoon at Jumeirah Golf Estates.


Fitzpatrick entered the final day of the fourth Rolex Series event of the season in a share of the lead. After starting his round with four birdies he raced ahead and was on course to win the Race to Dubai for the first time, before Westwood birdied two of his last three holes to snatch solo second and the European Number One crown.

“The start I got off to, four birdies in the first four, five under through seven, it’s a dream start. Fortunately I managed to pull away from that and really sort of create some distance,” said Fitzpatrick.



“It was just obviously a bit of a grind on the back nine. For me it was just about finishing one hole at a time and just getting through it. So managed to do that and yeah, finished well.”

Fitzpatrick matched his fellow Englishman’s round of 68 to finish one shot ahead at 15 under par to win a first Rolex Series event and take his haul of European Tour trophies – which includes the 2016 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai title – to six.


“I knew where I started the week a lot needed to go my way. When I saw Lee at second, it did enter my head briefly going to 18, even if I win, it’s probably not going to be enough, anyway. I turned up obviously 16th, so first Race to Dubai didn’t really enter my head if I’m honest. I just wanted to win a lot this week. 

“It’s one of those few weeks in your probably career, where you’re like, it feels really good and I’m playing really well, and you go and win. You can play poorly and win and sometimes you can play amazing and lose. To me this is a week in all honesty I felt I’m playing really well and I managed to convert it.”

For Westwood, a season which started with a second Rolex Series victory and his 25th on the European Tour overall at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, ended with the 47 year old being named European Number One for the third time, 20 years after he first lifted the Harry Vardon Trophy.

DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R4 - Fitzpatrick and Westwood take the honours
Lee Westwood (Getty Images)

“I went out trying to win the tournament. That was the best and the simplest thing to try and do. There’s so many sort of permutations that can go on on a day like today. It can all get too confusing if you let it. You might as well just go out there and shoot as low a score as you can on each individual hole. I figured I needed to finish 15-under to win the tournament. Not really any thoughts of The Race to Dubai until I got into the scoring tent afterwards and looked at it all and realised I’ve still got a chance.

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“The motivation’s never changed, really. I get to get up each day and do the job I love. I’ve always wanted to be a golfer, and I don’t want it to end. So I’m prepared to keep working hard and put myself in the line of fire and try and get into contention in tournaments. It’s where I’m most comfortable and what I love doing.”

The ten-time Ryder Cup star first achieved the honour in 2000, and his victory at the 2009 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai saw him crowned the inaugural winner of the Race to Dubai, the year before he went on to reach World Number One

“They have all been very different. I guess 2000, I was winning a lot, but I was still up-and-coming. It was only my seventh year on Tour. 2009, I was honing in on the best player in the world spot, and I needed to win here to win The Race to Dubai, and I managed to do that. And then this one, I’m kind of the more mature player on The European Tour now. It wasn’t something I set out to do at the start of the year, but it shows the consistency I’ve shown. The most satisfying thing is doing it under pressure when it matters.”



Patrick Reed entered the week on top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and remained there for much of the day but bogeys on the 16th and 17th saw him finish in a tie for third at 13 under par and just one shot away from being the first American to take Europe’s season long honours.

Norwegian Viktor Hovland finished alongside Reed in third place, one shot clear of Finn Sami Välimäki and England’s Laurie Canter, with Frenchman Victor Perez at ten under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-15
68
68
69
68
273
2
Lee Westwood
-14
70
68
68
68
274
T3
Viktor Hovland
-13
71
69
66
69
275
T3
Patrick Reed
-13
70
64
71
70
275
T5
Laurie Canter
-12
71
66
68
71
276
T5
Sami Valimaki
-12
69
69
69
69
276
7
Victor Perez
-10
67
74
69
68
278
T8
Branden Grace
-9
72
66
72
69
279
T8
Tyrrell Hatton
-9
69
68
72
70
279
T10
Adri Arnaus
-7
71
68
67
75
281
T10
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
69
69
74
69
281
T10
Collin Morikawa
-7
72
70
69
70
281
T10
Andy Sullivan
-7
71
71
67
72
281
T14
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-6
71
71
70
70
282
T14
Dean Burmester
-6
76
67
72
67
282
T14
Sean Crocker
-6
70
76
67
69
282
T14
Garrick Higgo
-6
70
77
66
69
282
T14
Sungjae Im
-6
75
70
68
69
282
T14
Masahiro Kawamura
-6
72
73
70
67
282
T14
Martin Kaymer
-6
69
70
71
72
282
T14
Adrian Otaegui
-6
75
66
73
68
282
T14
Erik van Rooyen
-6
68
73
70
71
282
T23
Tom Lewis
-5
78
68
71
66
283
T23
Robert MacIntyre
-5
68
72
66
77
283
T23
Wilco Nienaber
-5
79
70
67
67
283
T23
Shaun Norris
-5
72
69
71
71
283
T23
Kalle Samooja
-5
74
68
71
70
283
T23
Brandon Stone
-5
73
71
67
72
283
T29
George Coetzee
-4
71
72
70
71
284
T29
Thomas Detry
-4
74
73
69
68
284
T29
Matt Wallace
-4
72
71
70
71
284
T32
Marcus Kinhult
-3
76
69
68
72
285
T32
Robert Rock
-3
73
73
72
67
285
T32
Marc Warren
-3
72
72
68
73
285
T32
Danny Willett
-3
72
67
69
77
285
T36
Jamie Donaldson
-2
70
75
69
72
286
T36
Thomas Pieters
-2
71
70
75
70
286
T36
Antoine Rozner
-2
75
73
70
68
286
T36
Callum Shinkwin
-2
70
71
71
74
286
T36
Henrik Stenson
-2
70
71
72
73
286
T36
Connor Syme
-2
73
73
72
68
286
T36
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
76
71
69
70
286
T43
Wil Besseling
-1
72
73
69
73
287
T43
Joachim B. Hansen
-1
74
72
71
70
287
T43
Joost Luiten
-1
71
73
71
72
287
T43
Ian Poulter
-1
74
68
71
74
287
47
Jordan Smith
E
74
72
71
71
288
T48
Justin Harding
1
77
69
68
75
289
T48
Scott Jamieson
1
74
70
74
71
289
T48
Pablo Larrazabal
1
73
74
70
72
289
T51
Ross Fisher
2
73
75
70
72
290
T51
Rasmus Højgaard
2
76
68
78
68
290
T51
Aaron Rai
2
72
76
73
69
290
T54
John Catlin
3
75
74
69
73
291
T54
Matthieu Pavon
3
74
76
69
72
291
T54
Eddie Pepperell
3
78
73
69
71
291
T57
Jorge Campillo
4
72
74
72
74
292
T57
Gavin Kyle Green
4
70
78
74
70
292
T57
Jazz Janewattananond
4
70
73
73
76
292
60
Renato Paratore
5
75
73
70
75
293
T61
Marcus Armitage
6
73
74
76
71
294
T61
Benjamin Hebert
6
75
77
70
72
294
63
Sam Horsfield
8
77
74
73
72
296
64
Grant Forrest
11
75
74
75
75
299
WD
Graeme McDowell
5
73
76
149