Fitzpatrick rallies to win DP World Tour Championship


Matthew Fitzpatrick rolled in a short birdie putt on the 72nd hole to clinch the biggest win of his career at the DP World Tour Championship.

Fitzpatrick began the final round in Dubai one shot off the lead, but the Englishman rallied with a 5-under 67 that left him one shot ahead of Tyrrell Hatton in the European Tour's final event of the season. It marks Fitzpatrick's second win of 2016 and third European win of his brief career.

"Words can't describe it. It's not going to sink in for a while," Fitzpatrick told reporters. "It's been a special year, and to end it like this is amazing."

Victor Dubuisson, who started the round with a one-shot lead, faded to T-4 after a closing 72. The victory is expected to move Fitzpatrick, who started the week ranked No. 51 in the world, inside the top 30 when the next set of rankings are released.

Fitzpatrick went to the final hole one shot behind Hatton, who had taken sole possession of the lead with a holed bunker shot on No. 17. But Hatton put his drive in the water, leading to a closing bogey, which opened the door for Fitzpatrick. After finding the greenside bunker in two shots, Fitzpatrick splashed out to 4 feet and calmly rolled in the clinching birdie putt.

"It was lovely," he said. "4-footers aren't normally what you want for the win, but to finish it off like that makes it a lot sweeter."

Fitzpatrick finished T-16 and T-20 in the first two Final Series events, but he credited his work on the greens all week on the Earth Course as the difference maker.

"This week I just did everything fantastic, and putted out of my boots," Fitzpatrick said. "I think it's probably one of the best I've putted all year. I think I missed one putt today that was really hole-able, and if you have weeks like that it's a special one."