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, 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. First Round Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in DubaiMarcus Fraser, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Andy Sullivan are vying to win the tournament, although none of them can win the European Tour season ending Race to Dubai.

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Poults and his companions all shot a first round -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the  DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in Dubai. Poults  has now dropped out of the World’s top 50, and a win here would give him some satisfaction after a poor season;

“Dropping outside the top 50 isn’t very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.”

“There’s a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else.”

“And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful.”

“So it’s been a long five weeks, and it would be nice to finish strong.”

Andy is only player of the top four who has won a tournament this year, and he enjoyed playing alongside Martin today;

“I think the way I played all year, I think it’s time for me to kick on and really get myself up there in these big events now and really try and press on.” 

“It was just great fun out there today.”

“Me and Martin both played really well, so it was good to have both of us pulling each other along, one get in front of the other, and both finishing six under.”

“But I’m swinging it really well on the range and I just said to myself, I’m the only person that can mess this up.”

“I just thought go out there and enjoy it like I normally do and be mentally good.”

“On the whole, I’m really happy with where we stand.”

Martin always plays well here, and he likes the place;

“We all know this is one of my favourite places where The European Tour goes.”

“It seems like I do well here usually and I’ve had great success in the past, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi winning a tournament or winning The European Tour rankings here in 2010.”

“So for me coming to this part of the world is always a great pleasure.”

Marcus liked the good greens, that helped him sink some putts;

“It was good, I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day.”

“I managed to make a couple of putts , the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it’s going to go in.”

“It’s always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going.”

One shot behind the leaders is Francesco Molinari, at -5 under par, he is followed by a posse of players at -4 under, which included Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy and his nearest challenger Danny Willett.  They are joined on that score by Alejandro Cañizares, Matthew FitzpatrickMiguel Angel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Fabrizio Zanotti and Branden Grace.

DP World Tour Championship. Sweet Success For Stenson.

DP World Tour Championship proved to be a sweet success for Henrik Stenson, becoming the first man to win The Race to Dubai on the European Tour and FedExCup on the US PGA Tour

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Henrik won the DP World Tour Championship by six shots, carding a flawless final round -8 under par 64, and in doing so also won The Race to Dubai at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course. His winning total score was -25 under par;

“It has been an incredible summer for me, the autumn in America was great and now this. I played so well this week. I knew the guys would try to catch me, especially Ian who never gives up. I wanted to stay ahead of him and I managed to do that. I don’t know how I am going to be able to top this next year but I am going to give my best in the Majors and that becoming the first male Swedish player to win one would be the icing on the cake.”

In second place, and losing his bet, was Ian Poulter, a good final round of -6 under par 66 was not good enough to catch Henrik, but was a commendable effort. Ian finished with a -19 under par tournament total. He said of Henrik’s score;

 “I have to take my hat off to him, unbelievable. I tried to run him down as hard as I could but even with a sore wrist he has pressed on and I just could not get close enough. Henrik has not made a mistake all week and I just had to make sure of second place and some valuable Ryder Cup points. I have thrown a lot at him and given him so much stick, but he is the best player on the planet right now.”

Victor Dubuisson picked up third place, playing alongside Henrik today he could only manage a -1 under par round of 71. He looked shell-shocked out on the course as Henrik constantly bombed drives off the tee with a three wood, still out distancing his efforts with a driver. Victor was alone in third spot at -17 under par.

 Joost Luiten was in fourth place at -16 under par, and a trio of former World Number Ones,  Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, shared fifth spot on -15 under par. It was a welcome return to form for these three as they have not had good results this year.