British golfer Tommy Fleetwood has seen off a late challenge to take first place in this year’s European Tour Order of Merit – the Race to Dubai – and the $1.25m bonus that goes with it.
Justin Rose, who played in only 12 events, compared to Fleetwood’s 24, was second, while Spain’s Jon Rahm was third.
Rahm also took the tour’s finale event, the DP World Tour Championship.
The final tour placings were up for grabs right until the last round. Rose, who had made a late run up the rankings, looked certain to overtake Fleetwood in the overall rankings until he blew up on the last round, making three bogeys and letting Rahm through to win the tournament.
Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat eventually tied for second.
One shot better would have seen Rose alongside them and topping the order of Merit. As it was, despite a final rally, he finished fourth, tied with Sergio Garcia, Dean Burmester, and Dylan Frittelli – and with too few points to overtake Fleetwood.
‘It’s tough to come up just one shot short,’ Rose said after the event. ‘But congratulations to Tommy. He’s been leading for most of the year and he’s battled really hard these past few weeks. He deserved to finish it off.’