Jon Rahm wins Race to Dubai with DP World Tour Championship victory
Jon Rahm endured a final-round scare to snatch a dramatic victory at the DP World Tour Championship and finish the season European No 1.
Rahm watched a six-shot lead disappear day at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the Spaniard to birdie the last claim a one-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood and to close a four-under 68.
Victory saw Rahm become the first Spaniard to win the European Tour’s Order of Merit, together with the triumph place to lift the 25-year-old to ranks and leapfrog Bernd Wiesberger at the top of the Hurry to Dubai standings.
Fleetwood birdied five of his final seven holes to card a 65 and end the week 18 below a further shot back.
Rahm started the day tied for the lead but quickly moved ahead after following a by getting up and down to fit Lorenzo-Vera’s birdie in the next.
Lorenzo-Vera slid two behind if he required two processors to become out of rough on his way as Rahm nailed a 60-footer in the fifth and added another from 30 feet in the sixth.
A third successive birdie was enough to move the Spaniard six forward when Lorenzo-Vera didn’t catch up and down to save par, just for Rahm to hit his tee shot into a bush in the eighth and also then three-putt the ninth from within 20 feet to complete his front nine with successive bogeys.
Rahm rolled in a but saw his lead cut to two with a very first bogey of the week at the par-three 13th.
The two players use this par-five 14th to pull clear of the chasing bunch for Rahm to forget a par-save near range to maneuver.
Prior to making a tap-in profit in the last to join Rahm on 18 below and put the target fleetwood joined the talk of second after three birdies from the 12th in a four-hole stretch by draining a birdie at the 17th.
Rahm subsequently found a greenside bunker with his approach but splashed out to three feet and converted the birdie putt to shield his European Tour title.
While McIlroy was a five strokes back after bogeying two of his last four holes to card a one-over 73, A three-putt diploma at the final abandoned Lorenzo-Vera in third place below.
Robert MacIntyre secured the Rookie of the Year title after finishing the week tied-14th, while a joint-28th finish watched Bernd Wiesberger slip to third in the Race.