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Open up winner, Ryder Cup winner and now the 1st American to complete a season as the European Tour’s No. 1 player.
It truly is been really the 12 months for Collin Morikawa.
The 24-year-old Californian showcased his globe-class iron perform down the extend in generating 5 birdies in his final seven holes to overtake a fading Rory McIlroy and get the DP Planet Tour Championship with a remaining-spherical 6-beneath 66 on Sunday.
With the 3-shot victory, Morikawa sealed the Race to Dubai title as the primary factors winner on the European Tour.
“It is an honor to be the very first American to do that, to put my name against quite a few, numerous greats and Hall of Famers,” Morikawa reported. “It’s unique. I get touched up just talking about that.
“To shut it out not just with a leading-10 but to actually earn … what a excellent way to complete.”
McIlroy begun the final spherical with a 1-stroke guide, 3 crystal clear of Morikawa, but bogeyed 3 of his final four holes and shut with a 74. Tied for sixth, he was 5 shots adrift of Morikawa.
Collin Morikawa also received The Open up and Ryder Cup in a landmark calendar year for the American golfer. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Matt Fitzpatrick, the 2020 winner of the Environment Tour Championship and a person of five players who started out the 7 days with a likelihood to overtake Morikawa in the Race to Dubai standings, launched a stunning last-day attack from 13th area immediately after the third spherical. He briefly took the direct after a birdie at No. 15 — his seventh of the day at that position — and was in contention to gain the Race to Dubai title.
His hopes disappeared on the upcoming gap when he drove into a fairway bunker and strike out appropriate, straight into the drinking water, creating the first of two straight bogeys.
Fitzpatrick shot 66 and tied for second with Alexander Bjork (70).