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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