DP World Tour Championship. Matt Fitzpatrick Wins.

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Matt Fitzpatrick wins the DP World Tour Championship, while Henrik Stenson claims his second  Race to Dubai title.

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Matt had a final round -5 under 67 to post a  DP World Tour Championship winning total of -17 under par, sinking a clutch birdie putt on the 18th, for a one shot victory;

“Four footers aren’t normally what you want for the win but to finish it off like that makes it a lot sweeter.”

“It means the world. To win one of these Final Series events is really special, and this one in particular, obviously the last tournament of the year.”

“For me to win on the final week of the year is special.”

“It’s been a long year for me, and I’ve got to admit, this is just icing on the cake as a year goes. It’s been a great one.”

Tyrrell Hatton was second at -16 under par, he too had birdied the last, but to no avail, his last round -4 under 68 just a bit short on the Jumeirah Golf Estates course;

“Obviously it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s been a great week and for me it’s been the best year of my life. So I can’t get too downbeat, but these things happen.”

“You know, it is what it is and I’m happy with how the week went. I’m sure hopefully in the future, I’ll take my next chance.”

Charl Schwartzel shot -5 under 67 to finish in third place at -14 under par.

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Henrik won the Race to Dubai title, for the second time, he cruised through the final round carding -7 under par 65, the same total as the defending champion Rory McIlroy, they both finished T9 in the competition.

Henrik spoke about his great year;

“I’m very pleased to get my name on this trophy once again.”

“It’s been a great year, the best year of my career. I’ve always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think I’ve done that this year.”

“Maybe not to the level of golf over six months, but certainly with the highlights of winning The Open, the Olympics and managed to win the Race to Dubai again.”

“So it’s been a great year and it feels lovely to finish in this way.”

DP World Tour Championship. Victor Duibusion Has 54 Hole Lead.

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 Victor Dubuisson has the 54 hole lead at the  DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Victor had  a third round -8 under par 64 in the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Gold Estates, giving him a one shot lead at -13 under par for the tournament.

Victor said he holed the putts he needed to;

“It’s a great score. It’s my best score to date. 

“I’ve played well, made good putts at the right time. I’m happy to be able to putt it in the hole.”

“It’s just a course I like, it’s long. You have to carry the ball long.”

Second place is shared between Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 today, Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, and Mathew Fitzpatrick who also carded a third round -6 under par 66, all these guys are at -12 under par.

Nicolas had a big finish, an Eagle at the last hole;

 “A grandstand finish on the last is always nice, but it’s the same scenario again.”

“I go from shooting myself in the foot with a couple of three putts, missing short ones again, and then I play a game that’s probably nine out of ten.”

“So it can be very frustrating, when you get into this position in those big tournaments, it’s kind of maybe a little easier to keep digging in and not really let it away from you.”

Matt was happy with his round;

“I feel like I played really well today, I hung in there and hit some good shots coming in and finished strong. It was a good day.”

Tyrrell was also a happy man, putting well;

“I’m happy with the score. I got off to a fairly inconsistent start. But I putted pretty well again today, and that was the key to today’s score.”

Henrik Stenson might have to work to do to claim the Race to Dubai title, -2 under today leaves him at -5, and T 22.

DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

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DP World Tour Championship. Lee Westwood Leads.

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Lee Westwood leads the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Lee carded an opening round -6 under par 66 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to top the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in this season ending event;

“This is as good as I’ve played for quite some time.”

“I’ve found a couple of keys in different parts of my game and I’ve been working on them hard. It all came together today.”

“A 66 is a good round of golf. It didn’t seem that easy out there.”

“Some days you feel like there’s a lot of birdies out there but today I think was a pretty stiff test. They took the flags away a little bit. Didn’t seem like many first day flags out there and I managed my game well.”

“It’s a golf course I’ve played well on in the past and I’ve had quite a few good results here other than the win and played pretty well in the desert. I’ve been looking forward to this week.”

“2009 is certainly in the top two or three performances in my career, maybe even best performance of my career, knowing that I needed to win to beat Rory in the Race to Dubai, and I did that by six and pretty much dominated the field over the weekend. It’s right up there.”

Tied in second place at -5 under par are  Nicolas Colsaerts, who was bogey free and Julien Quesne.

Nicolas said he had missed a few short putts today;

“You know what? I left a lot of them out there, this could have been a really low one. This could have been eight or nine, easy.”

“I missed short ones on my early holes on the back nine but I was pretty happy with the display. I didn’t really hit that many bad shots.”

“The ones where I could go at pins turned out to be very close. It was just a flawless round of golf.”

“When you play that well, you want to squeeze every shot you can out of it but I’m happy with the way I played and I’m confident I can keep rolling like this.

Julien was happy to have putted well;

“I made a lucky birdie on the 14th, just a recovery shot and the ball finished three metres from the flag. I was hoping to have a par and made a birdie here, so it was good.”

“I made a two-metre putt on 17 and a two-metre putt on 18, so my putting was good today.

Rory McIlroy slumped to +3 over par 75 today, is he using different clubs?

Rory Wins It All.

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Rory McIlroy wins it all, the DP World Tour Championship, and along with it The Race to Dubai, at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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Rory won the DP World Tour Championship with  a final round -6 under par 66 to give him a tournament total of -21 under, and a one shot victory. The win also gave him The Race to Dubai trophy, his nearest rival Danny Willett finished seven shots back at -13 under par, in a tie for fourth.

Rory beat Andy Sullivan by that one shot, but not without some drama, it came when Rory found water on the par thee 17th, and then had a 35 ft bogey putt, which he made, that gave him a one shot advantage playing the last;

“It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey.”

“I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.”

“I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on.”

“I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season.”

“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me.”

Andy gave it his all, but in the end came up just short, the putts would not drop;

“Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.”

“I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite get the putts to drop on the back nine. I’ve got so much to take from this week, both the way I’ve played and how I’ve handled it.” 

“For me it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis and getting up there and trying to get in the last group with Rory more often.”

Branden Grace was third, he carded a final round -5 under 67, for a -15 under par total.

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DP World Tour Championship. Andy Leads Rory.

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Andy Sullivan leads Rory McIlroy after 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship at  Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Andy shot -4 under par 68 in the third round of the  DP World Tour Championship sit on top of the leaderboard with a -16 under par total.

Andy reckons he just needs to keep on putting well, and he will have a chance;

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it. I believe in myself, so I’ll just see but it’s going to be a good day I think.”

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? I can go out there and play golf. No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow.”

“So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front.”

“I felt pretty calm out there. I got a little bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, just not quite on point on the golf today. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

“Sixty eight, the way I played, I was quite happy with that, really. Played a lot better yesterday and only shot two better.”

Rory made a charge today, -7 under par 65, and now has a great chance to win the Race to Dubai title, again, just one shot back at -15 under, but would like to win his third European Tour title for this year as well;

“It’s the only thing left this year.”

“It’s my last round of the year, last round of the season and I want to make the most of it.”

“It would have been nicer to be a shot better going into the last round but I’ve got one more round to go out and give it my all.”

“It would mean an awful lot just being able to go into the Christmas break on a bit of a high note winning The Race to Dubai, winning this tournament, just to get another tournament win.”

“I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five easily. I hit the ball beautifully.”

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61.”

“But I’m still in a great position going into tomorrow.”

“At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good.”

“But a Race to Dubai title, even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed holds third place, with a -13 under par total, carding -4 under par 68 today.

Rory’s nearest challenger for the The Race to Dubai title, Danny Willett is now four shots behind, at -11 under, and it would seem that his race is done, but he still has some hope;

“It looks like we’re not going to be a ridiculous way behind. If you can keep it to two or three shots, anything can happen.”

DP World Tour Championship. Sullivan Sets The Pace.

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Andy Sullivan set the pace in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, leading at the half-way stage.

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Andy shot a consecutive second round -6 under par 66, this time it was bogey free, to lead the DP World Tour Championship with a -12 under total.

He is the only man on The European Tour to have claimed three wins so far this season, and his progress here has kept a large travelling band of Sullivan fans happy;

“It’s absolutely awesome, to be leading after halfway in such a massive event, it’s incredible.”

“I’m just happy I’m doing it in front of my fans, so keep them happy for the weekend anyway.”

“It’s massive and probably a key part of me playing well this week because they just keep going. Even when you start hitting a few wayward shots, things start going wrong, the adrenaline gets going and it’s absolutely fantastic.”

“They have followed me about six or seven times this year and every time they have been there, I’ve done pretty well.”

“So I think I am going to have to start paying for them to come out every week now!”

“There’s a lot of good guys going to be chasing me over the weekend and I’m sure they are going to come at me.”

Low round of the day went to Emiliano Grillo,  -8 under par 64 lifting him up the leaderboard to claim second place on his own at -11 under.

Patrick Reed also went low, -7 under par 65 giving him third place at -9 under par for his 36 holes, and said he will not be distracted;

“Golf’s a game where you can’t let everything distract you and bother you.”

“You’re going to have times where you close out events and you’re going to have other times where you let some slip away.”

“You’re going to hit some good shots and end up getting bad bounces, and you’re going to have bad shots and get good bounces.”

“It’s how you handle all of it and how you move forward. I felt like I’ve done that pretty well and matured in that aspect of the game to not let anything linger on.”

Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, is not far behind, sharing fourth position with Thongchai Jaidee, -5 under 67 and Charl Schwartzel, -7 under 65, the three of them at -8 under par for the tournament.

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Rory played alongside Argentinian Emiliano, who has won on the US PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour recently. For Emiliano it is all about confidence;

“It gives you a lot of confidence.”

“We know there it’s not easy. Anywhere it’s not easy. I was lucky enough to get two wins in a row and that gets me twice the confidence.”

“It’s pretty much like a Major here. You’ve got the best players in the world and you’ve got to play really well to keep it up.”

The really important thing for Rory in his quest to pick up The Race to Dubai title, is that he is now two shots ahead of nearest rival Danny Willett.