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Rory McIlroy clinches Race to Dubai title as Jon Rahm wins in UAE

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Rory McIlroy completed the 12 months as Europe’s top-ranked golfer for the fourth time – and first since 2015 – regardless of Jon Rahm successful the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.

The Spaniard’s two-shot victory over England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden’s Alex Noren was his third in six years at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

However McIlroy completed the season prime of the DP World rankings after Matt Fitzpatrick, his solely rival for the Harry Vardon Trophy, blew up across the flip.

The US Open champion wanted to win and McIlroy to not end runner-up, or to complete second and the Northern Irishman to be outdoors the highest seven.

However neither of these eventualities transpired as Fitzpatrick, three off the lead when enjoying the eighth, double-bogeyed after which dropped one other shot on the tenth to finish his possibilities.

McIlroy didn’t want any of the fireworks of the day past, when he powered himself into competition with a 65, and whereas he might have tied Rahm on 20 below had he eagled the final he might solely handle par for a 68 that included six birdies and 4 bogeys to complete fourth.

“It means so much. It has been seven years since I’ve final completed it. I’ve gained three FedEx Cups since I final gained,” McIlroy, who lifted his third PGA Tour FedEx Cup in August, instructed Sky Sports activities tv.

“It will have been good to get one win in there on the finish of the 12 months however Jon performed an unbelievable event and absolutely deserved it.”

Rahm, who grew to become the primary participant to win the event 3 times, started the ultimate day with a one-shot lead and opened with two successive birdies to double his benefit.

Fitzpatrick’s 28-foot birdie on the third obtained him to fifteen below and inside two however issues began to unravel with a bogey on the brief sixth and although he instantly clawed again that dropped shot, the calamitous eighth in the end did for his hopes.

His drive landed in a deep rut in a waste space, his out shot did not clear the tough and having flown the inexperienced and duffed his chip he two-putted from the perimeter for a six.

That put him 5 behind and after lacking the golf green on the tenth he dropped one other shot and his problem was over as he completed 13 below, seven drift.

The one bother McIlroy, who had three birdies and a bogey in his first 4 holes, had on the eighth got here from the flagstick which stored out his 56ft birdie effort.

He three-putted the ninth inexperienced however was not the one one as Hatton did the identical for his solely bogey in a spherical of 66.


Lydia Ko by no means gained extra in at some point than on Sunday within the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, the place she claimed the richest prize in ladies’s golf at $2 million with a victory that allowed her to win LPGA participant of the 12 months.

Ko outlasted Leona Maguire of Eire within the last spherical, seizing management with a 7-foot birdie putt on the sixteenth gap and shutting with 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory.

The $2 million prize took her season earnings to only over $4.3 million, leaving her $591 in need of Lorena Ochoa’s file for single-season earnings set in 2007.

Ko clinched the points-based award for LPGA participant of the 12 months for the second time, and she or he gained the Vare Trophy for the second straight 12 months for having the bottom scoring common. Participant of the 12 months and the Vare Trophy are every value one level, alongside together with her victory, giving her 25 factors towards the 27 factors wanted for the LPGA Corridor of Fame.

Ko completed at 17-under 271 and gained the LPGA Tour finale for the second time. Her first title within the CME Group Tour Championship was in 2014, when she was 17 and already changing into a dominant determine in ladies’s golf.

Ko is on the verge of the LPGA Corridor of Fame at age 25, a testomony to how good she has been for therefore lengthy.

PGA Tour

Adam Svensson dealt with the chilly air and the warmth of competition as if he had been there earlier than, closing with a 6-under 64 to win the RSM Basic on Sunday at Sea Island in Georgia for his first PGA Tour victory.

Svensson, a 28-year-old Canadian, was locked in a four-way tie for the lead on the closing stretch of the Seaside course when he poured in an 18-foot birdie putt on the sixteenth gap, after which hit a tee shot to 10 toes on the par-3 seventeenth for a birdie that gave him a cushion.

Brian Harman (65) and Sahith Theegala (66) had been within the group forward of him and missed birdie possibilities from about 25 toes on the closing gap.

Callum Tarren of England (64) was the primary to publish at 17-under par and was hopeful of a playoff. Svensson capped off his bogey-free last spherical with a par for a two-shot win.

He completed at 19-under 263 and performed the harder Seaside course in 20-under within the last three rounds. His event started with a 73 on the Plantation, which put him in a tie for 108th. His first job was to make the reduce. He wound up successful the trophy.

Svensson is beginning his third full 12 months on the PGA Tour and will get a two-year exemption, together with a visit to the Masters and the PGA Championship. He has by no means performed a serious.

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