DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy has been crowned Europe’s Best Golfer for the fourth time and the first time since 2015, despite John Rahm winning the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.
The Spaniard’s two-shot victory over England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden’s Alex Noren was his third win in six years at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“I hope people stop telling me it was a bad year,” Ram said. “Three victories in the wild, three victories on three different continents. Yes, it was not a major championship, but it is still a very, very good season. You know, the second boy was born this year, a lot of changes at home, it also helps. I got a lot of videos from my kids laughing and doing things.”
But McIlroy ended the season at the top of the DP World after Matt Fitzpatrick, his only rival for the Harry Vardon Trophy, blew up at the corner.
The US Open champion needed to win, but McIlroy didn’t need to take second place or finish second, and the Northern Irishman didn’t need to make it into the top seven.
But none of those scenarios panned out as Fitzpatrick, three short of the lead in eighth, doubled the scarecrow and then hit again in 10th to end his chances.
McIlroy didn’t need any of the fireworks from the previous day when he forced himself to fight 65, and while he could tie Rum 20 less if he knocked out the last one, he could only manage par 68, which included six birdies and four scarecrows. to finish fourth.
“It means a lot. It’s been seven years since I last did this. I’ve won three FedEx Cups since I last won,” McIlroy, who won his third FedEx Cup in August, told Sky sports.
“It would have been nice to have one win there at the end of the year, but John had an incredible tournament and totally deserved it.”
Ram, who became the first player to win the tournament three times, started the final day with a one-shot lead and opened with two consecutive reeds to double his lead.
Fitzpatrick’s 28-foot birdie on third got him 15 under and within two, but things began to unravel with a scarecrow on the short pole, and although he immediately parried that dropped shot, the disastrous eighth eventually lived up to his expectations.
His disc hit a deep rut in the wasteland, his second shot failing to overcome the bump. A green flew out of there, blew off a chip and put two from the fringe to the six.
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As a result, he was five points behind, and after missing a fairway in 10th, he took another shot and his task was over when he finished 13 short, seven behind.
McIlroy’s only problem, who had three birds and a bogey on the first four holes, was on the eighth because of a flag that interfered with his 56-foot bird effort.
He puttted three on the ninth green but was not the only one as Hutton did the same for his only scarecrow in the round of 66.