Dubai – Just when it looked like Justin Rose would continue his winning ways after a blistering front nine 32 at Jumierah Golf Estates, he stumbled on the way in – making three bogeys enroute to a final round 70. Rose’s misfortune opened the way for Jon Rahm and his Sunday 67 (-19 total) to capture the DP World Tour Championship by a stroke over Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Rose, who was in a battle with Tommy Fleetwood and Masters Champion Sergio Garcia at the start of the week to take home the season long Race to Dubai title, finished in a 4way tie for fourth at 17 under par along with Sergio Garcia, Dean Burmester and Dylan Frittelli.
Meanwhile Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed the final two holes to finish in a tie for 21st after signing for a final round 74, seemingly losing the Race to Dubai. As Rose continued to crumble on the inward nine, fate switched over to Fleetwood’s direction, and in the end he had just enough points by a razor thin margin to walk away with the big prize. It actually came down to a one shot. Rose would have claimed the title if it weren’t for a single shot.
Jon Rahm had already won the Rookie of Year award earlier this week, and after the victory he finished third in the Race to Dubai standings and leaped into 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings. “I didn’t plan on being here at the beginning of the year,” Rahm said. “And I sure didn’t plan on winning it so it’s an incredible feeling.”
St.Simons Island, Georgia – Austin Cook fired a final round 3 under par 67 to win by four strokes over J.J Spaun at Sea Island. Cook also held off a group of proven PGA Tour winners including Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk and Brian Gay. “I got off to a slow start, but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played,” Cook said. “With the wind and those conditions, a lot can happen.”
After his three shot lead dwindled to one over J.J Spaun, Cook birdied 3 of his last 4 holes (including the 18th) to finish at 21 under par. J.J Spaun shot 66 Sunday in chilly conditions to finish at -17.
Brian Gay finished another shot back in third place after making eagle from 161 yards on the par 4 -18th.