John Ram started the week. He finished it with all the points available in the DP World Tour Championship and claimed his third title of the season and third DP World Tour championship in the last six tournaments.
At the start of the week, Ram was adamant that beating a handful of the world’s best players at the DP World Tour Championship was harder than beating a bunch of average players at the RSM Classic. Ram got 22 points for defeating Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Victor Hovland, while whoever wins the RSM later that day on the PGA Tour side will get 38 points.
Ram went against his own logic and made it look pretty easy to defeat the top players – there were seven other players on the field who are in the top 30 in OWGR. After starting 70-66-65, Ram scored 67 goals on Sunday against US Open champion Fitzpatrick. Together, the two have won five of the last seven DP World Championships.
Relegated in 33rd, Ram returned home for the trophy in 34th. At the age of 20, he beat Hatton and Alex Noren by two and McIlroy by four.
“Because of COVID I didn’t have a chance to defend my title in 2019 and even though I chose not to come last year, I came in with the mentality that no one has beaten me in the last two years so they will have to beat me again ‘ Ram said.
Ram has won this tournament three of the last four times he has drawn. He is 72 years old and has won 212 out of 217 competitors in these four events. As mentioned, he did not play in it in 2020 as the defending champion and did not survive last year’s 2021 season.
Ram’s opinion that OWGR is leading the way in small-field tournaments (only 50 golfers played in Dubai this week) is legitimate. And while this is not the place to go into the details of the Official World Golf Rankings, I don’t think there should be that much disparity between the points awarded to the winner of a tournament where you have to beat seven other top 30 players. and points awarded to the winner of a competition where (regardless of how many golfers were on the course) Brian Harman was the favourite.
Ram wins a lot.
2017: 3 OWGR wins
These are 16 out of 152 OWGR events, which is 10.5% (!!). You can just record it for 2.5 wins a year every year. The only question is what kind of tournaments it will be.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) November 20, 2022
However, Ram lacks OWGR points. After winning the Mexican Open, the Spanish Open and that tournament, he remains in the top 5 in the world until 2023 and there’s a lot of hype next year considering how he finished that tournament. Ram has won two or three OWGR tournaments in each of the last six years. He is also the first player to win this particular event three times and this started a series of seven tournaments in 2022 in which he the worst the finish was T15 and the other six were in the top eight.
During this stretch, Ram was primarily supported by his stick, a club that had let him down earlier in 2022. This week in Dubai was no different as he finished second in the field in hits scored en route to victory.
“Honestly, I can’t believe I threw 12 less with how hard I hit the tee over the weekend,” Ram said. “I just managed to do really well. I think on many occasions when I got out of the game it was my wedge game that saved me. On the green at the weekend, I don’t know what my stats were. was very, very, very solid and it always will be. Every time I’ve been on the fairway, my iron play has felt great.
“I stayed aggressive and picked my fights and again, I think I shot as low as I could on the weekend to get this one.”
Despite winning, Ram lost the season’s DP World Tour points race, where McIlroy, who came in this week and ranked first on that list, won. For McIlroy, this is his fourth all-season title on the European side, which equates to three FedEx Cups on the PGA Tour. However, this year was the first time McIlroy won both season races in the same year.
“It’s been seven years since I last did this [on the DP World Tour]”McIlroy said. “Obviously this is my fourth, but it’s been a while. I have won three FedEx Cups since the last time I won in Dubai.
“It means a lot… I was a model of consistency throughout the year. Lots of great results. I think my worst finish on the European Tour tournaments I’ve played this year was 12th at the beginning of the year. in Abu Dhabi. Really stable season with good performances. It would be nice to have one win there at the end of the year here. But John obviously put on an incredible tournament and totally deserved it.
“[I’m] very proud of my year and looking forward to 2023.”
“I am as complete a golfer as I feel I have ever been and hopefully I can continue on that path,” he added.
Since 2011, the DP World Tour and PGA Tour have had 22 titles available throughout the season, with McIlroy winning seven of them. He finished the year with 13 top eight finishes in his last 16 starts worldwide.
Fleetwood and Fitzpatrick rounded out the top five in Dubai as the DP World Tour season drew to a close.