Tommy Fleetwood had simply sufficient fuel left within the tank to recover from the road within the Race to Dubai, as man rival Justin Rose all of a sudden stalled with the chequered flag in sight.
Lengthy-time chief Fleetwood feared the worst when he dropped out of the highest twenty within the DP World Tour Championship, with third spherical chief Rose nonetheless out in entrance with seven holes to play.
However after displaying unimaginable talent and composure to win his final two tournaments, world No 6 Rose crumbled below the stress.
After going 29 holes and not using a bogey he dropped three photographs within the house of 5 holes – and with Jon Rahm charging to victory Rose wanted to eagle the final to complete in a three-way tie for second, and push Fleetwood off the highest of the rankings.
However after discovering the tough along with his drive he might solely hammer a 3 wooden to the entrance of the inexperienced, and his ninety footer for eagle by no means appeared like discovering the outlet.
A two below par 70 left him in a share of fourth on 17 below par – two behind Rahm – and Rose, 37, appeared much more heartbroken than he did when he was edged out by Sergio Garcia in a play-off on the Masters
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Fleetwood, 26, was watching the drama unfold with in the scorers’ hut with fiance Clare Crag, and their six week old son Franklin. He was still not aware he had finished as European No 1 when Rose’s first putt sailed by.
In a year when both men finished with more than four million points – with one point for each euro banked – the winning margin was a mere 58,821 points.
When Fleetwood was presented with a bonus cheque for just under £1million – and the Harry Vardon Trophy as the Race to Dubai champion – it must have felt more like the Tommy Hard-won Trophy.
He said: “I don’t trust computers, so it took a while to accept I’d won. I’ve said it before, but it’s hard to believe the turnaround from a 15months ago. I was afraid of embarrassing myself – I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get it off the tee.
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“All the hard work has obviously paid off. I’ve won twice and had two seconds, including one in a World Golf Championship event – and even though I didn’t play my best stuff here I’ve been pretty consistent over the year.
“The two guys who finished behind me Justin and Jon – are both in the world’s top six and the Master champion finished fourth, so when I look back, it will probably seem like an even better year than it does now.”
Rose was the first to congratulate Fleetwood, who looks certain to join him in the European team at next year’s Ryder Cup.
He said: “I guess I just hit the wall a bit after playing a beautiful front nine. My first bogey at 12 seemed to throw all the momentum off, and obviously it was very disappointing to finish like that.
“It’s tough to come up just one shot short. But congratulations to Tommy. He’s been leading for most of the year, and he’s battled really hard these past few weeks. He deserved to finish it off.”