English golfer Tommy Fleetwood wins European Order of Merit

English golfer Tommy Fleetwood wins European Order of Merit

Tommy Fleetwood claimed Race to Dubai glory in dramatic fashion as Justin Rose unexpectedly fell away in the final round of the DP World Tour Championship, which was won by Jon Rahm.

Rose stood in the middle of the 18th fairway yesterday afternoon with the Order of Merit crown in his grasp.

Race to Dubai leader Fleetwood overcame a slow start to match Rose's score and he is now just two behind, alongside Dean Burmester and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, though veteran Rose has the upper hand in what has become a thrilling battle.

"I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard", Rose, who was two shots ahead of Fleetwood (13 under), told the European Tour website.

"If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there".

Running on fumes as he plays his eighth event in nine weeks, Lowry had to rely on his magical short game to save pars early on the back nine before three birdies in his last four holes allowed him to sign for a 70 he felt was "one of the best two-unders I've ever shot". He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.

Matt Fitzpatrick in front on a good day for Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood
Justin Rose close to completing most sensational Race to Dubai victory ever

A win by either Rose, second in the points standings before this tournament, or leader Fleetwood would guarantee either the Race to Dubai title and the $1.25 million bonus.

"I made some great pars on 15 and 16 and it's always hard because it really was out of my control and down the last few holes I just had to keep it in and try and do the best I could".

"Above all, whether I win it or not, or whether Justin wins it, one of us will have deserved it", said Fleetwood.

"It's a amusing old game, from where I started the day, two great shots down one and I knocked it in and then struggling getting things going".

"It's awesome. You start the season in November/December and you are watching the last shot of the season to see who wins".

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