Morikawa wins in Dubai, is the first American to be number 1 in Europe

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British Open Champion, Ryder Cup winner and now the first American to finish a season as No. 1 player on the European Tour.

It’s been a good year for Collin Morikawa.

The 24-year-old Californian showed his world-class iron game all the way as he made five birdies on his final seven holes to overtake a fading Rory McIlroy and win the DP World Tour Championship with a final round 6-under 66 on Sunday .

With the three-shot victory, Morikawa sealed the title in the Race to Dubai as the leader of the European Tour.

“It is an honor to be the first American to do that, to put my name up against many, many greats and the Hall of Famers,” said Morikawa. “It’s something special. I am touched when I just talk about it.

“Not just finishing with a top 10, actually winning … what a great finish.”

McIlroy started the final lap one stroke ahead of Morikawa, but lost three of his last four holes and finished with a 74. In sixth, he was five strokes behind Morikawa.

Matt Fitzpatrick, the 2020 World Tour Championship winner and one of five players who had started the week with the chance to overtake Morikawa in the Race to Dubai standings, started after the third round on the 13th. He briefly took the lead a birdie in 15th place – his seventh of the day at the time – and was even in the running for the title in the Race to Dubai.

His hopes were already gone by the next hole when he drove into a fairway bunker and hit straight into the water and made the first of two straight bogeys.

Fitzpatrick shot 66 and finished second with Alexander Bjork (70th).


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