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Jon Rahm beats Tommy Fleetwood to Race to Dubai glory and scoops mega £3.9m prize cash

Jon Rahm beats Tommy Fleetwood to Race to Dubai glory and scoops mega £3.9m prize cash 1

Jon Rahm held off an exhilarating cost from Tommy Fleetwood to win the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai.

Rahm loved a six-shot lead after seven holes of the ultimate spherical however finally needed to birdie the 18th to finish a closing 68 and end 19 below par, a shot forward of Ryder Cup team-mate Fleetwood.

Fleetwood birdied 5 of the final seven holes to fireplace a superb closing 65 in pursuit of a second consecutive win after his victory in Solar Metropolis, however may solely watch as Rahm held his nerve to rise up and down from a greenside bunker on the final.

The 25-year-old is simply the second Spanish participant after Seve Ballesteros to complete the 12 months as European primary.

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“Seve is such an idol for all of us and so are Sergio (Garcia) and Olly (Jose Maria Olazabal) and so lots of the nice Spanish gamers and to assume that I am placing my identify there earlier than they do is tough to imagine,” Rahm instructed Sky Sports activities.

“I am unable to imagine a number of the issues I’ve completed.”

Rahm started the ultimate spherical tied for the lead with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera, however birdied 5 of the primary seven holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates to open up a six-shot lead.

A bogey on the eighth coupled with Lorenzo-Vera’s birdie on the identical gap lowered Rahm’s result in 4 photographs and the world quantity 5 then three-putted the ninth to offer the chasing pack some hope.

Rahm, who had not performed competitively since successful the Spanish Open at first of October, produced the best response with a birdie from 12 toes on the 10th.

Nevertheless, a bogey on the 13th was Rahm’s first dropped shot on the again 9 all week and opened the door for the chasing pack.

Lorenzo-Vera took benefit with a birdie from shut vary for a two-shot swing and he quickly had firm in second place as Fleetwood birdied the 12th, 14th and 15th.

Lorenzo-Vera was inches away from an eagle on the par-five 14th however Rahm, who had been compelled to put up after discovering the tough off the tee, matched the birdie after a superb method to stay two forward.

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