Nov 24th, 2019
Rahm does the double
DP Tour Championship and Race to Dubai
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We pondered yesterday what would the result of the Race to Dubai be if Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship and Tommy Fleetwood was alone in second? The answer was confirmed when Rahm holed a three foot putt birdie putt on the 18th to take the World Tour Championship and also pip Fleetwood to the Race to Dubai title.
Rahm becomes the second Spaniard to win the European Tour, Seve Ballesteros won it on no fewer than six occasions.
"Seve was such an idol for us," said Rahm. "To put my name there, it's hard to believe. I can't believe some of the things I have accomplished."
It was not a straightforward affair for the Spaniard although it did look like it was going to be a stroll in the park for the big man when he birdied five of the first seven holes.
As Rahm faltered bogeying three of the next six holes, with just a solitary birdie, Fleetwood started his assault on the back nine. The twenty-eight year -old from England birdied five of his last seven holes to close with a seven under 65 for an eighteen under par total.
Rahm needed to birdie the final hole to take both titles and after he finding the greenside bunker with his second he produced a nerveless bunker shot to leave him a short putt for the spoils.
Spolis indeed, as Rahm picked up the biggest winning prize in tournament golf of $3 million with a further $2 million for winning the Race to Dubai.
"It was such an up and down day," he said. "I had a six-shot lead and I came down 18 needing a birdie to win.
This victory also takes the big Spaniard up to third in the world one place behind Rory McIlroy. The man from Northern Ireland had a disappointing day, closing with a one-over 73 and fourth at Jumeirah Golf Estate.
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