Matthew Fitzpatrick confirmed the greatest prize of his fledgling career with a 72nd hole birdie which sealed a 5-under-par 33-34-67, a total of 17-under 271 at The Earth Course and a one-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
The Englishman made his tournament-clinching birdie from the greenside trap on the par-five 18th, which meant he finally shrugged off the challenge of his countryman Tyrrell Hatton, after the two had gone head-to-head through the back nine. Fitzpatrick had been one behind the 54-hole leader Victor Dubuisson at the start of play but three red numbers on the back nine (at 2, 3 and 7) got him into a share of the lead. However Hatton made birdie at ten whilst Fitzpatrick pegged bogey, but back-to-back red at 11 and 12, both from 8'0" drew him level. Again Hatton went one clear, but Fitzpatrick made a sensational sand save at 17 to stay on his heels. When Hatton erred with bogey at the final hole, Fitzpatrick made another superb up and down to notch birdie and pinch the title with the last shot of the week (and season). It is his third European Tour win and comes just four years after the 22-year-old completed victory in the U.S. Amateur. "This win means the world," he said. Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:41:00 AM