Golf News: Collin Morikawa won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai by winning the DP World Tour Championship

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Golf News: Collin Morikawa became the first American to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai after winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

The world No. 2 overcame a three-shot deficit on the final day at Jumeriah Golf Estates, carding a six-under 66 to cap a bogey-free weekend with a three-stroke victory.

Morikawa birdied five of his final seven holes to move away from the pack and finish the week on 17 under par, with defending winner Matt Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork sharing second place.

Robert MacIntyre and Nicolai Hojgaard finished four strokes back in a tie for fourth, while Rory McIlroy led at different periods on the final day but bogeyed three of his last four holes to fall to 12 under.

McIlroy started the day one ahead and extended his lead with a close-range birdie at the par-five second, only to bogey the fourth after finding a greenside bunker off the tee, and then par the final four holes on his front nine.

Fitzpatrick started six shots behind the leader, but he quickly climbed the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies and a ten-foot eagle at the par-four tenth.

The Englishman temporarily took the lead with a 20-foot birdie at the 15th, and MacIntyre closed to within one when he rolled in from 25 feet at the 11th, but McIlroy began his back nine with consecutive birdies to jump two ahead.

MacIntyre dropped three strokes in a two-hole stretch, while Fitzpatrick took back-to-back bogeys from the 16th, dropping the pair out of contention, while Morikawa launched an incredible birdie run when he holed from 15 feet at the 12th.

Morikawa made back-to-back birdies from the 14th and pulled further ahead of the field by converting from 20 feet at the par-three 17th, before clinching a dominant victory with a two-putt gain at the par-five 18th.

Mcllroy missed a ten-foot birdie putt at the 14th and bogeyed the following after his approach hit the pin and bounced into the greenside bunker, before dropping another stroke at the 16th and hitting the water with his approach into the 18th.

The Northern Irishman’s two-over 74 on Sunday dropped him to a tie for sixth with Ian Poulter and Dean Burmester while playing partner Sam Horsfield shot the same score to finish in a tie for ninth on 11 under.

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