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 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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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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Turkish Airlines Open. Back to Back Wins For Justin.

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It was back to back wins for Justin Rose of England as he won the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

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Justin won the Turkish Airlines Open with a final round of -6 under par 65, giving him the winning total of -18 under par;

“It’s like a bus, you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once.”

Pushing all the way was Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, they were neck and neck on the last green, and both had eight foot birdie chances, Nicolas failed to convert his, which left him in a tie for second place with his final round -5 under 66 for a -17 under par total;

“The juices were flowing. It was great to be able to push it until the end. I was surprised that none of the other guys were making such a push.”

“Too bad the little one on 18 doesn’t drop but that’s the sport.”

Sharing that second place at -17 under was Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, a last round -7 under 64 pushing him up the leaderboard, even missing a couple of putts;

“I had two chip-ins yesterday. I don’t know, something’s clicking right in my short game.”

“Although a few putts slipped by I’m still proud of the way I finished.”

“I played with Justin yesterday and he played amazing golf.”

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Tshwane Open. Dean Burmester Gets Maiden Tour Win.

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Dean Burmester gets his maiden European Tour win at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

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Dean, from South Africa,  carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Tshwane Open with  a total of -18 under par, a three shot win in his fist Tour win. He started the week without playing privileges on the European Tour after finishing 140th on last season’s Race to Dubai rankings, and has certainly turned things around;

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“I can’t believe it,” I’ve had an amazing summer and last week was a frustrating day for me on Sunday and it didn’t go my way but then my family and everyone who supported me said ‘we’re coming up next week so you better win in front of us’ and I’m glad to have done that.”

“I sharpened my teeth as a youngster on the Big Easy Tour here at home and I think I had five seconds in one year and then two years later I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour.”

“I just knew that if I could get unscathed through 13, 15 and 16 I should pretty much be home and dry.”

 “I made a great par on 13 next to the tree and then birdied 14 and kind of calmed down.”

“Bogeys at 16 and 17 weren’t great but I was just trying to keep myself calm.”

“It’s gone strength to strength and now I’m a European Tour winner and that sounds great.”

Jorge Campillo, from Spain, -3 under 68 today  and  Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -4 under 67, tied in second place at -15 under par.

 

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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