A charge from Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship was not enough to overcome Henrik Stenson as the Swede took the Race to Dubai crown.
After opening with a 75, the 27-year-old posted a pair of 68s and a final round 65 to soar up the leaderboard in Dubai, but, in finishing level with Stenson at tied eighth, McIlroy was unable to cause an upset and has to settle for fifth place this season.
A win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates would have also seen the Northern Irishman return to number one in world rankings, however he will now be looking up to Jason Day in top spot over the christmas period.
Stenson grabs the Race to Dubai title for the second time in his career with a season-finishing total of 4,148,402 points, ahead of McIlroy in fifth by over 1,000,000 points.
Stenson’s closest competitor was Danny Willett, 3,734,528 points, who could only muster a tied 50th finish at two-under-par at the season finale. The Masters champion becomes the first player to finish second in the Race To Dubai in two consecutive seasons.
Alex Noren, who came into this event hotly tipped with four wins in his last 11 starts, came in at tied 14th with a finishing score of 10-under-par and finishes the season as the Race To Dubai’s third ranked player on 3,447,322 points.
Beginning the week in fifth in the Race To Dubai, Tyrrell Hatton produced a second placed finish in Dubai to move up to fourth in the rankings whilst given little attention heading into the event, although had he held onto his lead through 71 holes, he could have finished at third.
Following a remarkable par-saving bunker shot on the hole prior, Hatton stuttured to a bogey on the 72nd hole of the event and left the door open for Matthew Fitzpatrick to up-and-down from the bunker on the 18th for birdie to take his third European Tour win, and his second this season, to add to his victory at the Nordea Masters in June.
The European Tour and its players will now enjoy a hiatus over the festive period, but Henrik Stenson will certainly take the most pleasure from his accomplishments this season.