Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai title as Rose falls short

Doug Mendoza
November 20, 2017

Shane Lowry is within six shots of the leader Justin Rose after a third round 68 at the DP World Tour event in Dubai.

Current Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood overcame a slow start to match Rose's score and he lurks just two behind alongside Dean Burmester and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

That left the Olympic champion needing to eagle the last to overhaul Fleetwood, but his long-range attempt slid past the hole as Fleetwood looked on alongside his fiancee Clare and their seven-week-old son.

Fleetwood came home in 30 for a second consecutive round of 65 on Saturday to sit at 13 under but Rose matched him to be two shots better off and one ahead of Dylan Frittelli and Jon Rahm.

Fleetwood, from Stockport, who beat Rose by 58,821 points and banked a $1.25m bonus, said: "It's the biggest day of my career for sure".

He seized the initiative to top the projected Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex after day one but a bogey on the last in his second round meant Fleetwood was back in the ascendancy heading into the weekend. Lee Westwood (2009), McIlroy (2012, 2015) and Stenson (2013) are the only players to win the DP World Tour Championship and claim the Race to Dubai title.

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"I'm happy for Tommy".

"He played wonderful for three-and-half days and that back nine showed golf can be a tough and unfair game, but I'll say it for a while that Race to Dubai champion is very, very cool". He's battled hard all year and put a good week in South Africa and had a great couple of comeback rounds this week to fight back and deserve it.

With a one shot lead and in the middle of the 18th fairway, Justin Rose does this. "He's been leading all year and it's good for him to finish it off".

"It's hard to sum it up", said Rahm.

"Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under in the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special".

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