Tommy Fleetwood received his first occasion in 22 months to win the most important cheque ever paid on the tour
Tommy Fleetwood fought again the tears after ending his drought to win on the Nedbank Golf Problem and touchdown the most important cheque in European Tour historical past.
Fleetwood had waited 22 months for a win, so yet another gap was no downside as he wanted a playoff to see off Swede Marcus Kinhult to pocket himself £1.94m.
The win sees Fleetwood shoot as much as second within the Race to Dubai rankings and as much as 10th on the planet and the 29-year-old claimed the style of victory is extra essential than the record-breaking prize cash.
“The money’s not that important,” he mentioned after taking his profession earnings by means of the £15m mark.
“I suppose being a golfer lately, you may have an opportunity at a younger age to set your loved ones up for all times.
“It’s just really, really cool when you win a tournament. It’s great.”
Fleetwood was within the clubhouse after capturing a seven-under last spherical of 65 which included three eagles and 4 birdies to observe on as Kinhult, within the penultimate group, wanted only a par to increase the match.
When Kinhult’s strategy went left of the inexperienced Fleetwood was proven on the TV cameras as an finish to the drought appeared a formality.
Tommy Fleetwood celebrated profitable the Nedbank Golf Problem
However Kinhult did rise up and down taking the occasion to a 73rd gap.
Thankfully for Fleetwood this was no repeat of final week’s finale on the Turkish Airways Open when Tyrrell Hatton wanted 4 holes to win a six-man playoff underneath the floodlights.
Neither drive was excellent for the additional gap with Kinhult discovering the tough and a tree in his direct line, forcing him to chip out to the golf green, whereas Fleetwood popped out of a bunker to land with the inexperienced in vary to take the benefit.
Fleetwood, although, was sat up within the grass and hammered his shot into the spectator stands solely to bounce down a foot from the railings. He confirmed nerves of metal as he took a free drop and pitched to inside three toes of the flag.
Kinhult’s third noticed him slide off the inexperienced to the left and he might solely make a bogey with Fleetwood managing to flee with a par to win the European Tour’s penultimate occasion of the 12 months.
Tommy Fleetwood beat Marcus Kinhult in a playoff to safe the victory
Fleetwood is now simply 700 factors behind Race to Dubai chief Bernd Wiesberger, who completed T3 forward of the ultimate occasion, the DP World Tour Championship.
“It’s an absolute privilege to get to the last event and to have a chance of winning the race to Dubai,” Fleetwood, who was preventing again tears, added.
“It’s a tremendous factor to have in your profession and it’s one of many issues I’m most happy with.
“Golf is a funny old game. all we want to do is win really and everybody strives for the same thing week in week out and unless you do you’re never satisfied.”
There was nevertheless dangerous information for Rory McIlroy’s whose hopes of profitable the Race to Dubai are over as Wiesberger secured the highest 4 that he required to take one other rival out.
Scot Robert MacIntyre stored his nostril in entrance of Kurt Kitayama’s within the race for Rookie of the 12 months by capturing a last spherical 68 to complete T8.
He mentioned: “Winning Rookie of the Year would mean everything. That’s what you play golf for, for the rewards, and the reward of winning Rookie of the Year I think would be unbelievable.”
Race to Dubai standings
1. Bernd Wiesberger 4,802.4
2. Tommy Fleetwood 4,079.7
3. Jon Rahm 3,898.3
4. Shane Lowry 3,613.8
5. Matthew Fitzpatrick 3,320.9