Collin Morikawa poses with the trophy after winning the final round of the DP World Tour Championship.
Gulf Today, Staff Reportert
Collin Morikawa produced a bogey-free final round to win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai by three shots on a day in which he also made history by becoming the first American to clinch the Race to Dubai crown.
In the European Tour’s season-ending Rolex Series event at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Morikawa, who started the day three-shots behind overnight leader Rory McIlroy, saved his best to the last, putting on a solid performance on the Earth Course.
The 24-year-old carded six birdies, five of them coming in the last seven en-route to shooting a six-under 66.
He ended the tournament on 17-under par, ahead of runners-up Matt Fitzpatrick, who made a late charge with six-under for the day and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork.
McIlroy, who was bidding to win his third DP World Tour Championship title, saw his chances dented after a frustrating end with three bogeys in his last four holes. The Northern Irishman finished with a 74 and tied sixth with Ian Poulter and Dean Burmester.
By being crowned Europe’s Number One, Morikawa is also awarded a bonus of $1 million, alongside his DP World Tour Championship winnings.
Speaking after receiving the Harry Vardon Trophy and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai trophy, Morikawa said: “It’s a special win. I told everyone that I wanted to win the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship. I had it in my control this week. If I had won, I would have sealed the deal and that is what I focused on really. I couldn’t get my head too focused on the Race to Dubai as I knew there were many scenarios that could have happened but I wanted to come out and win.
“I felt my game was in a really good spot over the past a month and a half since the Ryder Cup so overall it’s an amazing win and really special.”
Speaking on his key moments in the final round, Morikawa explained: “To be honest, I really don’t know. Starting off on six pars especially with some birdie holes, wasn't fun. I felt I was hitting some good shots and I wasn’t getting the breaks I needed or the putts weren’t dropping. I told myself when I looked at the leaderboard after nine that I’m still in this. I just needed one spark and after parring 10 and 11, I knew something had to change. On the 12th, I got a great break and that is when the momentum started.”
The victory by Morikawa concluded an exciting four days of action in a tournament that had a wide array of off-course entertainment and was attended by more than 65,000 spectators.
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“The exhibition matches were bittersweet for us. It was a great honour to play against the best players on the planet and we tried to play our best in all the matches, but we knew we needed to train harder to reach our peak.
Germany will next face Costa Rica, which defeated Japan 1-0 earlier Sunday. Even a win may not be enough for the Germans, who are in last place in Group E and need the other result to go their way. Spain can reach the last 16 with a draw against Japan.
t was a fourth start already this season for the tough gelding who was improving with each outing as the campaign has progressed and is now the winner of four races, this being his first success away from the Meydan dirt track.
Sheikh Hamdan also sent congratulatory message to the Morocco: “Congratulations to the Atlas Lions... Congratulations to Morocco. You made all Arabs happy with this result. Your victory is deserved and your performance is heroic.”