Fitzpatrick Rises to Dubai Title
England’s young Matthew Fitzpatrick won the biggest non-Major on the European Tour schedule last Sunday, outduelling fellow Brit Tyrell Hatton in the final round to win the DP World Tour Championship.
It was a remarkable finish as Hatton led by one stroke through 17 only to bogey the 18th. Fitzpatrick never faltered sliding home a birdie putt to win the title, his third on the European Tour in his short career.
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,” Fitzpatrick said. “Four footers aren’t normally what you want for the win but to finish it off like that makes it a lot sweeter.
It was a near miss for Hatton, who was after his second European Tour title.
“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,” Hatton said.
“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.”
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson shot a final-day 65 to tie for ninth place and claim the overall Race to Dubai title. It’s the second time he’s won the title in the last four years.
Fitzpatrick finished with a 17-under 271, followed by Hatton’s 16-under 272.
Charl Schwartzel finished third with a 14-under 274. Ironically, Rory McIlroy, one of Stenson’s chief competitors for the Dubai title, also shot a 65 and tied the Swede for ninth.
Danny Willett, who was in second place in the Race to Dubai standings, finished tied for 50th at 1-under. He fell out of contention when he staggered to a 76 on Saturday.