Everything you need to know from the season finale at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Here is everything you need to know from the season finale at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Westwood wins a third Race to Dubai crown
Twenty years after first lifting the Harry Vardon Trophy, Englishman Westwood was crowned European Number One for the third time following a thrilling conclusion to the 2020 Race to Dubai season on Sunday afternoon. Westwood fired birdies at two of his last three holes to sign for a 68 and set the clubhouse target at 14 under par. Knowing his fate was in the hands of others, he watched on as Fitzpatrick matched his 68 to win the tournament, but with countryman Laurie Canter carding a double bogey on the 17th, Westwood finished in solo second to beat Fitzpatrick to the Race to Dubai trophy by just 27.8 points. Patrick Reed, who had led coming into the week, finished third.
Double Dubai delight for Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick became just the fourth player to win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on four occasions after posting a superb closing 68 which started with five birdies in the first seven holes. A winner at Jumeirah Golf Estates in 2016 and 2020, Fitzpatrick joins Henrik Stenson (2013 and 2014), Rory McIlroy (2012 and 2015) and Jon Rahm (2017 and 2019) as a two time champion of the event. After claiming his maiden Rolex Series win this week, Fitzpatrick now has six European Tour titles to his name.
Canter on the up
Englishman Canter has enjoyed a fine end to the 2020 campaign, coming second at both the Portugal Masters and
the Italian Open in autumn before putting on an impressive display in Dubai this week. A final round 71 saw Canter finish in a tie for fifth, which took him up to 19th in the final Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex. He may still be searching for that elusive first European Tour title but if he carries on playing like this, it surely won't be far away.
Matt FitzPatrick Reed
Sunday's remarkable final round isn't the only thing about the weekend that will live long in the memory of champion Fitzpatrick. On Saturday, he played alongside Ryder Cup star Reed and spoke very highly of the American. "I think he's absolutely fantastic," he said. "For me, he's one of the best on Tour, if not the best. He's so humble about it as well. He's a great bloke, really. We've had a good laugh out there today with plenty of talking." Could Matt FitzPatrick Reed be the new Moliwood when it comes to European Tour friendships? Well, they'll need a catchier name if so. Suggestions welcome.
Stenson's self reflection
Stenson is a two time winner of this event but did not have it all his own way on Friday, mixing five birdies with four bogeys in a round of 71. And the Swede clearly hadn't entirely got over the dropped shots when he got back to his hotel.