Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fine Matt Finish Sees Fitzpatrick Win Title; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fine Matt Finish Sees Fitzpatrick Win Title; GOLF

Article excerpt

TWO years to the day after gaining his European Tour card, Matt Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship in dramatic fashion as Open champion Henrik Stenson clinched the Race to Dubai title.

Tyrrell Hatton looked set to claim his second victory in the space of seven weeks after holing a bunker shot for par on the 17th to preserve a one-shot lead at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

However, the 25-year-old then drove into the creek which runs the length of the par-five 18th and carded his only bogey of a closing 68 to open the door for Fitzpatrick in the group behind.

The 22-year-old from Sheffield needed par to force a play-off or a birdie to win and duly got up and down from a greenside bunker to complete a 67 and claim the first prize of more than PS1million.

"It means the world," the Ryder Cup player said after becoming the youngest Englishman to win three times on the European Tour, eclipsing the record of six-time major winner Nick Faldo.

"To win one of these Final Series events is really special. …

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