Rahm wins as Fleetwood holds on for Race to Dubai

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Spain's Jon Rahm shot a final-round 67 for a 19-under-par total to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by one shot on Sunday, as a late slip by Justin Rose handed Tommy Fleetwood the Race to Dubai title.

Rose had looked like he would win the Rolex Series event and the Race to Dubai as he turned in 32 but three bogeys on the back nine opened the door for Rahm.

"It's hard to sum it up," said Rahm after his victory. "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.

"Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special.

"I didn't plan on being here at the beginning of the year and I sure didn't plan on winning it so it's an incredible feeling."

The 23-year-old Rahm came home in 19 under with Rose finishing in a tie for fourth that was not good enough to overturn Fleetwood's 256,737-point advantage in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Fleetwood had a closing round of 74 to finish in a tie for 21st and end to a season where he had won at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the HNA Open de France.

Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished a shot behind Rahm at 18 under, one clear of Rose, Dean Burmester, Dylan Frittelli and Sergio Garcia.

Had Rose finished one shot better he would have won the Race to Dubai, while a birdie rather than a bogey on the last and a play-off win over Rahm would have seen Garcia take the crown.

In the end, Garcia slipped to fourth in the Rankings as he was overtaken by countryman Rahm, with Rose finishing second behind fellow Englishman Fleetwood.

Garcia scored a 65 with South African Burmester registering a 68 and countryman Frittelli a 69.

England's Tyrrell Hatton and American Julian Suri finished next at 16 under while a shot further back was Americans in Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein.


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