Henrik Stensen has finished the year as golf’s European number one for a second time in his career.
The Swede became his nation’s first major winner with his Open success at Royal Troon in July and he closed his season with a superb seven-under-par 65 to finish the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai tied for ninth place.
That was more than enough to seal the season-long Race to Dubai title – ahead of Masters Champion Danny Willett – for a second time after 2013. The win also secured the 40-year-old an additional $1.25 million bonus.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick also ended his campaign with a bang when he won the final event of the season, which boasts only the top 60 players on the Tour.
The 22-year old Sheffield native, who made his Ryder Cup debut in September, started the final day one off overnight leader, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.
Following a solid day on the fairways at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Fitzpatrick trailed compatriot Tyrrell Hatton by one shot as he stood at the 18th tee.
After Hatton posted a bogey at the last, Fitzpatrick nailed a nerve-shredding birdie for a 67.
He finished the event on a 17-under total to win his third career tournament by a single stroke.
A victory also earned him $1.3 million.
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