FITZPATRICK WINS DP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
European Tour - DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed a second victory at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai as Lee Westwood won the Harry Vardon Trophy for the third time on a dramatic afternoon at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The 26-year-old Englishman became the fourth player on the European Tour to win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on two separate occasions, having claimed the title in both 2016 and 2020.
Fitzpatrick, who carded a final round 68 to win his sixth European Tour and first Rolex Series title, now joins Henrik Stenson (2013 and 2014), Rory McIlroy (2012 and 2015) and Jon Rahm (2017 and 2019) as a two-time champion on the event, which only began in 2009.
Fitzpatrick entered the final day on the Earth Course in a share of the lead but after starting his round with four birdies, he held a commanding lead and was on course to win the Race to Dubai.
Westwood birdied two of his last three holes to snatch solo second and be crowned European Number One but Fitzpatrick matched his 68 to finish at 15 under, one shot clear of his fellow Englishman at the top of the leaderboard, and win his first Rolex Series title.
Patrick Reed entered the week on top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and remained there for much of the day but bogeys on the 16th and 17th saw him finish one shot away from being the first American to take Europe's season long honours at 13 under.
Norwegian Viktor Hovland finished alongside Reed, one shot clear of Finn Sami Välimäki and England's Laurie Canter, with Frenchman Victor Perez at ten under.
Fitzpatrick has been one of the European Tour's most consistent performers since coming through the Qualifying School in 2014, claiming five victories in his first four seasons, including at this event in 2016.