sheffield’S Matt Fitzpatrick brought down the curtain on a remarkable year for Yorkshire golfers by overhauling Nick Faldo to become the youngest Englishman to win three European Tour titles.
Fitzpatrick won the DP World Championship, the season’s climax in Dubai, in a dramatic finale that saw him birdie the final hole to swap positions with Tyrrell Hatton, who bogeyed it.
The 22-year-old’s victory – with rounds of 69 69 66 67 – meant that Sheffield finished with two players inside Europe’s top six for the 2016-17 season, with Masters champion Danny Willett, who also hails from the Steel City, placing second behind Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson, the Open champion from Sweden.
“I had a rough idea (what happened to Tyrrell) on the last,” said Fitzpatrick, who lifted a cheque for more than £1m two years to the day since he won his European Tour card. “I saw that he had missed a putt and there were a few groans in the crowd.
“But it wasn’t until I saw the scores that I knew what I needed for the win. Tyrrell, he’s a great lad; he was just coming down and I saw him as I was walking into the scorer’s (office) and he said congratulations. For someone to do that after he’s been in contention is very special. He’s a credit to the tour.”
Willett, who started the week 299,675 points behind Stenson, tied for 50th in the 60-man field while the Open champion shared ninth place.
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