Lee Westwood finished second in the DP World Tour Championship on December 13, but still won the trophy with $ 2 million in the race for the entire European Tour 2020 – Race to Dubai.
“I’m not young, so it’s getting harder and harder to play golf. But it gives me the motivation to strive every day. At the beginning of the week, I still didn’t know the ability to go to the end of the tournament because of back pain,” Westwood said at the ceremony. .
On the Earth Course of Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai for the past week, Westwood chose his wife Helen to be a caddy to coordinate the fight, especially in terms of mental strength. “Helen gives me a sense of peace in the game. We don’t talk much about tactics on the pitch. But she always refreshes me when needed,” commented Westwood of his life partner and real battle.
Similar to the FedEx Cup of the PGA Tour, Race to Dubai closed the results at the DP World Tour Championship closing event and the winner received the title of Excellent Golfer. In the long-term campaign, the top 4 before entering the tournament were Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa, and Westwood respectively. All four keep the “automatic door” to win the double title if they win the 72-hole match.
Reed and Morikawa are ahead of the milestone because the championship will make either of them the first American golfer to carry Race to Dubai. Particularly, in the case of Morikawa’s crowning podium, he will be the first American player to not compete in European soil, but still win Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
After 54 holes of DP World Tour Championship, Westwood was second to compete for the title at -10 point, one stroke behind the top of the group including Patrick Reed, Laurie Canter and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Morikawa reached -5 and Fleewood -4 so the door narrowed. Meanwhile, to win Race to Dubai, Westwood needs to win the tournament or finish second, and Reed is fourth or lower.
Yesterday’s closing round, Fitzpatrick and Canter played the last group, Reed was the penultimate group, Westwood went ahead one group. Westwood hit 68 strokes, with five birdies and one bogey in closing. He finished first at -14, Reed returned to -13, Canter -12. Fitzpatrick also has 68 strokes with the same number of birds and bogeys as Westwood.
Considering the DP World Tour Championship alone, Fitzpatrick won the championship at -15, earning three million dollars. Westwood alone was second, receiving $ 853,000. Reed in T3, gets $ 434,000, Canter T5 with $ 231,800. Fleetwood and Morikawa with T10 (point -7), each got nearly 98,000 USD.
Race to Dubai now finalizes the results. Westwood topped with 3,128 points, just 17.8 points ahead of fellow countryman Fitzpatrick. Reed finished third, Fleetwood fourth, Morikawa closed top 5. Reed failed both fronts due to two bogeys in the last three holes.
Before that 18 holes, Fitzpatrick and Canter can also win the title double. Fitzpatrick needs to win the closing event and Westwood finishes third or worse. Canter must win and Reed finish 10th or worse, with Westwood finishing third.
This is the third time Westwood has owned Race to Dubai, after the first time the race was called the Order of Merit in 2000 and the second time in 2009. The British Golfer born in 1973 was at the top of the world rankings (OWGR) at the end. October 2010 and hold this position for 22 weeks. He is part of the trio of European stars that reached the top spot OWGR but does not own major, alongside Luke Donald and Jon Rahm.
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