DP World Tour Championship. Jon Rahm Wins. The Race to Dubai. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Jon Rahm wins the DP World Tour Championship, while Tommy Fleetwood wins the year-long Race to Dubai, in a thrilling day at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Jon Rahm, Spain and Tommy Fleetwood, England / getty

Jon carded a final round -5 under par 67 to win the DP World Tour Championship, with a -19 under par total, and a one shot victory;

“It’s hard to sum it up, an incredible week, I could not be more proud of what I’ve done this week.”

“It could be very easy to just be content with getting the award and just being here and trying to play the best.”

Second place was shared between Shane Lowery, Ireland, -9 under 63 today and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67 last round, both with -18 under totals.

Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai carding +2 over par 74 here, but the cushion he had built up was good enough to hold off Justin Rose, who finished in the tie for third place in the  DP World Tour Championship with -2 under 70 today and -17 under for the Championship, when at one point he was soaring, a triple bogey six at the par three 14th really was his undoing;

“I did hit the wall a bit today.” 

“My front nine was beautiful. I was playing great golf and I felt in complete control, but the bogey at twelve seemed to slow all the momentum.”

“From that point it was a bit of a grind.”

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RSM Classic. Austin Cook In Control

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Austin Cook is in control of the RSM Classic which would be his first PGA Tour win.

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Austin shot a -4 under par 66 in the third round of the RSM Classic, to maintain his lead and will head into the final round tomorrow with a three shot advantage at -18 under, in pursuit of his maiden PGA Tour win, with putting being the key;

“Putting is key right now, been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys.”

“Hitting the ball pretty much where we’re looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.”

“I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence.”

“I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I’ve just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.”

Holding second place at -15 under par is Chris Kirk, with third round -6 under 64, Chris is a specialist on this Seaside Course, having played over 300 rounds here over the years, and loves the place;

“I’m really comfortable here, I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic.”

“My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.”

Brian Gay has third position, he carded a third round -1 under 69, collecting two bogey’s and a double on the day, but he also loves the Seaside Course;

“I love the course, we keep getting different wind directions so it’s keeping us on our toes.”

“Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we’re getting a new course every day.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Justin Rose In Pole Position.

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Justin Rose, England, is in pole position to win the Race to Dubai sitting on top of the DP World Tour Championship after 54 holes  at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Rosey will take a one shot lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship following his third round -7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -15 under par. It will be an exciting finish to the Race to Dubai on Sunday, with Tommy Fleetwood in the tie for third, just two shots back.

Justin summed it all up;

“I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard.”

“But if I slip up tomorrow, he’s right there. He’s done everything he needs to do on his end, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“An opportunity, that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Don’t see much pressure on myself tomorrow. This is going to be a day just to go for it really and play well.”

“There’s going to be a lot of good players and it’s going to be a day where you have to play good golf.”

Tied in second place are Jon Rahm, Spain, also -7 under 65 today and Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, -9 under 63 in his third round, both players just one shot back at -14 under par, so the contest for the  DP World Tour Championship is also very tight.

In the tie for third place with -13 under totals are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -7 under 65 today, Dean Burmester, South Africa, -7 under 65, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Tommy spoke about the year-long tournament;

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to achieve. I was in contention in the US Open and Mexico but they were one or two rounds.”

“This has been all year and you come down to the final event.”

“A year-and-a-half ago I was absolutely nowhere in the game and I was a bit lost.”

“Fast forward to here for me, it’s been amazing to play and to enjoy my golf this year. Then to get to this stage, it’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege trying to compete for a Race to Dubai.”

The year-long Race to Dubai has come down to the last round of the last tournament, and only a handful of points between the top two contestants, it is exciting, it could come down to the last putt.

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RSM Classic. Rookie Austin Cook Has 36 Hole Lead

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Rookie Austin Cook has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic, shooting 62 in the second round on the Seaside Course.

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Austin shot -8  under par 62 in the second round of the RSM Classic to take the lead heading into the weekend with a -14 under par total;

“I never remember doing what I just did on that golf course.”

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I’ve played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season.”

“Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

Holding second place is Brian Gay, at -13 under par, a second round -6 under 64 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Three players are then tied in third place at -9 under par, C.T. Pan, Taipei, -7 under 65 on the Plantation Course, Chris Kirk, even par 70 at Seaside, and Vaughn Taylor, -4 under 66 also on the Seaside Course.

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DP World Tour Championship. Matt Fitzpatrick 36 Hole Leader.

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The defending Champion Matt Fitzpatrick leads the DP World Tour Championship after 36 holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Matt carded a second consecutive round -5 under 67 to lead the DP World Tour Championship at -10 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the weekend;

“I did win last year and that probably gives me a little bit more confidence than everyone else. Maybe apart from Rosey because he’s won the last two starts.”

I’ve got nothing to lose, I’m not trying to win the Race to Dubai, unfortunately.”

“I’m just looking forward to the weekend and delighted that I could put myself in position.”

In second place, with the low round of the day, -9 under 63, is Tyrrell Hatton at that score.

Three players are then tied in third place at -8 under for the tournament, Suri Julian, USA, -4 under 68 today, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67, and Justin Rose, England with a -2 under 70.

Justin would have been one shot better but dropped a shot with a three putt at the last hole;

“I was aware of the scores and who had done what today, it was an exciting day’s golf from a Race to Dubai point of view.”

“Halfway stage, I’d probably have signed up for that if somebody said on Wednesday you would be in this position after two rounds, I’d have taken it.”

“It’s a position you can build on at the weekend.”

“Today was a day I did leave a couple out there but in the course of 72 holes, there’s always a spell or round where you feel like you left a few out there.”

The current Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood had a better day carding -7 under par 65 to put himself back in contention for the title, he is now T 11 at -6 under;

“So the sole focus was to try to get back into this event today. I knew I needed a low one.”

“But I needed a low one today for sort of both purposes, maybe. The only thing that you can control is the tournament in a way.”

“Race to Dubai, I can’t do anything about the maths or what Justin does or anything.”

“There’s still a tournament to play for and there’s still a Race to Dubai to play for.”

“So there’s two things going on and you’ve just got to concentrate on one, which is kind of each day as it comes and try and do your best in the tournament.”

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RSM Classic. Chris Kirk Leads.

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Chris Kirk leads the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

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Chris shot a first round -9 under par 63 on the Plantation Course at Sea Island to lead the RSM Classic by one shot.

Chris, who made Eagle at the last hole, used his putter well needing only 23 putts on his round today;

“It was fun seeing all of those putts going in.”

“That’s kind of what I’ve struggled with over the past year, and why I haven’t had the results I’ve come to expect.”

“So to have a day like today; hopefully I can make a bunch more of them.”

Joel Dahmen is in second place, with -8 under par 64, he also played the Plantation Course;

“Being out here last year helped a lot, I was kind of a deer in the headlights, honestly, for the first half of the year.”

“Seeing the courses, just being familiar out here is a huge thing.”

“I only played nine holes of practice rounds this week; I just felt like my game’s in pretty good shape.” 

Three other Plantation players are tied in third spot at -7 under par, following their opening rounds of 65; Jason Kokrak, Hudson Swafford and Brian Gay.

Nick Watney and Brice Garnett  are the top players who navigated the Seaside  Course carding -5 under par 65’s, to be in the group at T8.

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DP World Tour Championship. Patrick Reed Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, leads the DP World Tour Championship after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Patrick fired a first round -7 under par 65 to lead the DP World Tour Championship by just one shot;

“All I can hope for is just keep on playing some solid golf and put myself in position.”

“I felt like ball-striking was where it needed to be. I feel like I had pretty much most control over the golf ball today.”

“Seemed like the tee-shots I didn’t seem to hit particularly well, I missed them in the correct spots.”

Sharing second place that one shot back at -6 under par after opening rounds of 66 are the in form Justin Rose, England, and Scott Hend, Australia.

Justin is looking for his third consecutive win and is on track to win the coveted crown of Europe’s best in the Race to Dubai;

“There’s two things to think about this week: winning the golf tournament and winning the Race to Dubai.”

“I know that if I do one of those, the first one, then the second one happens.”

“I’ve just got to try and put together a really good final three rounds and do what I always do.”

“Really happy with that as a start. I wanted to come out today with good intent and get myself moving forward quickly.”

“Been fortunate enough to have won the last two events but been doing so from quite a long way behind and you can’t always rely on that.”

“I was definitely keen today to come out and try and get going as quick as I could this week and see where it goes from here.”

The current leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, Tommy Fleetwood, did not have such a good start, shooting +1 over par 73, he will need to improve dramatically if he wants to win the season long competition;

“If you look in terms of the tournament, I’ve got to shoot something really low tomorrow and Saturday.”

“Then it will depend on how he plays.”

“But there’s three rounds of golf, 54 holes is a lot of holes and anything can happen. It’s been similar to the last few weeks where I’ve not had great first rounds but climbed the leaderboard steadily.”

“Just go out tomorrow and do my best.”

“I wasn’t far off after a really bad start. I wasn’t really far off actually shooting a decent score today.”

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