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Morikawa becomes first American to win Race to Dubai


Nov 21 (Reuters) – Collin Morikawa turned the first American to win the Race to Dubai title after a late surge took him to victory within the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday as Rory McIlroy faltered on the Jumeirah Golf Estates course.

Morikawa, who gained this yr’s British Open, completed with a flawless spherical of 66 together with six birdies to prime the leaderboard at 17 beneath par and win by three photographs.

The American additionally ended the season because the European Tour’s primary.

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Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick carded 66 to transfer up 11 locations on the ultimate day and the Englishman completed tied for second with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork.

“I feel so good, I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t watching what Matt Fitzpatrick was doing today,” Morikawa stated.

“Boy, did he put out a run. He came out firing… But it’s 18 holes, all I needed to do was catch a spark.

“It’s an honour to be the first American to do this (win the Race to Dubai) on the European Tour, to put my identify towards many greats, corridor of famers – it is particular.”

McIlroy held a one-shot lead going into the final day and looked set to become the first three-times winner of the event.

But the Northern Irishman made bogeys at the 15th, 16th and 18th holes to finish tied for sixth — five shots behind Morikawa.

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Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond

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