Collin Morikawa wins European Tour’s Race to Dubai with DP World Tour Championship victory
Morikawa secured a third win of the European Tour season to claim history Race to Dubai victory; Rory McIlroy finishes tied-sixth after a two-over 74 on the final day
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
Collin Morikawa became the first American winner of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai after securing a superb victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
The world No 2 overturned a three-shot deficit on an entertaining final day at Jumeriah Golf Estates, carding a six-under 66 to close out a bogey-free weekend and register a three-stroke win
Morikawa birdied five of his last seven holes to pull clear of the chasing pack and end the week on 17 under, with defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick sharing second spot alongside Alexander Bjork.
Rory McIlroy claims DP World Tour Championship lead; Colin Morikawa on track for Tour No. 1
Rory McIlroy was on the rocks late in his third round at the DP World Tour Championship.
Some cliff-edge improvisation, followed by a final-hole birdie, put him back in control.
Seeking a second straight victory to end his season, McIlroy delivered another wild finish at Jumeirah Golf Estates in shooting a 5-under 67 that left the four-time major champion with a one-stroke lead on Saturday.
Sam Horsfield bogeyed the 18th hole to shoot 69 and drop out of a share of the lead with McIlroy, who was 14 under overall in the season-closing event on the European Tour.
Collin Morikawa, still on course to become the first American to finish a season as the tour’s No. 1 player, was three shots back in a four-way share of fifth place after his round of 69.
Standing on the tee at the par-3 17th hole holding a one-stroke lead, McIlroy missed the green left and saw the ball bounce through the rough and dance along the edge of the cliffs. It eventually settled on a narrow ledge, to gasps among spectators.
McIlroy opted against taking a drop, which was the preferred choice of his caddie, Harry Diamond, and managed to clip a shot off the stone and through the green. He missed the return chip by inches, but a par was a good result given what could have happened.
“Harry was pleading with me not to hit it,” McIroy said. “He was like, ‘We can just go back and make 4 at the last.'”
McIlroy then pitched to 9 feet with his third shot – from just on the green – at the par-5 18th and holed the birdie putt which would regain the lead after Horsfield’s bogey a few minutes later.
McIlroy, who won the CJ Cup in Las Vegas last month, closed his second round on Friday with a double-bogey 7 after hitting into water at the 18th.
He made a dreadful start to his third round, too, snap-hooking a 3-wood off the first tee and making a bogey.
McIlroy responded with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 – two of the seven he had in total.
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is a golf tournament on the European Tour and is the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai.
It is contested on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The title sponsor is DP World, a global logistics company based in Dubai.
The tournament was first held in 2009 when the Order of Merit was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is contested by the leading 60 players in the Race to Dubai at the start of the tournament. It is the replacement for the Volvo Masters, which was a similar event for the leading 60 money winners on the Order of Merit.
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Rory McIlroy hits pin, lands in bunker at the DP World Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy made a costly bogey late in the final round of the DP World Tour Championship, having seen his approach shot hitting the pin and falling into a bunker.
Rory McIlroy Round 3 Highlights | 2021 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
(born 4 May 1989)
Rory McIlroy MBE is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours.
He is a former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking, having spent over 100 weeks in that position during his career.
He is a four-time major champion, winning the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championship. Along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is one of three players to win four majors by the age of 25.
McIlroy edged out by Morikawa in DP World Championship
Rory McIlroy’s dream of a third DP World Championship dissipated in Dubai as back-to-back bogeys down the stretch saw him beaten by Collin Morikawa.
Open champion Morikawa became the first American to win the Race to Dubai with his impressive -17 victory, topped by a final-round 66 as he saved his best form for the back nine on Sunday.
A short missed birdie putt at the par-five 14th was an opportunity lost for McIlroy and it seemed his luck was out entirely when his approach at the 15th hit the flagstick and bounced back into the bunker at the front of the green.
His third shot caught the fringe and he missed a difficult putt for par, handing Morikawa a one-shot lead.
The American doubled that lead with a superb birdie at the par-three 17th, making it four birdies in six holes down the stretch.
McIlroy needed a response, but his second at 16 was not close enough and his birdie effort from 30 feet went five beyond and he missed the par putt, ending his challenge.
He was agonisingly close to a birdie at 17 with a putt from the fringe, but his race was run by the time he found the trees with his final tee shot.
Race to Dubai: Collin Morikawa seals title after storming to DP World Tour Championship win
Collin Morikawa birdied five of the last seven holes to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on 17 under par and clinch the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai title.
The world number two carded a closing six-under 66 to finish three clear of England’s defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork.
Overnight leader Rory McIlroy faded late to finish tied sixth.
Morikawa becomes the first American to win the European Tour’s money list.
It caps a stunning season for the 24-year-old, having secured his second major title at the Open Championship and won the WGC-Workday Championship in February.
“It’s very special and an honour,” Morikawa told Sky Sports. “To be the first American to do that [win the money list], to put my name against many greats, hall of famers, it’s special.
“To have this chance and close it out with a win in the DP World Tour Championship, what a great way to finish that.”
He added: “I just kept telling myself to focus. I was excited for this moment, I’ve been telling everyone that the nerves are there but I’m excited.
“I channelled that energy into excitement and wanted to keep hitting good shot after good shot. Putts started dropping and that’s always fun.”
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(born February 6, 1997)
Collin Morikawa is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.
He began his PGA Tour career with 22 consecutive made cuts, second only to Tiger Woods’ 25-cut streak.
Morikawa has five PGA Tour wins – including two major championships, the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 Open Championship, winning both on his debut. In May 2018, Morikawa spent three weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.