A few PGA Tour players were on the line to potentially take the European Tour’s Road to Dubai and indeed it was a PGA Tour player -a European one- that took it, on Lee Westwood (ENG).
Westwood’s second place at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, was enough to secure his third Harry Vardon Trophy as the best European Tour player, twenty years after his first one.
Westwood finished with a total of -14, trailing winner Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) by one stroke. Fitzpatrick entered the day leading the way and was at risk when he bogey on the 17th but Laurie Canter (ENG) did a worse double bogey so a par on the 18th was enough for Fitzpatrick to secure the win with a round of 68, one of the strongest today.
Tied on third with -13 were two more PGA Tour players: Patrick Reed (USA) and Viktor Hovland (NOR), who won last week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.
The first two full-time European Tour players were tied fifth on -12: Laurie Canter and Sami Välimäki (FIN). Last week’s South African Open winner, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (ZAF) finished 14th, on -6.