Winners and losers from DP World Tour Championship as Danny Willett shines

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Danny Willett won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Sunday as Francesco Molinari secured the Race to Dubai crown.

Here, we look at the winners and losers from Jumeirah Golf Estates.

WINNERS

FRANCESCO MOLINARI

The new Race to Dubai champion has taken his game to a different level in 2018, with three tournament wins, including a first major at the Open Championship in July.

He also made history by becoming first European to win all five matches at the Ryder Cup last month. Although the 36-year-old will be disappointed with his tie for 26th finish this weekend, he still caps off the best year of his 14-year professional career.

DANNY WILLETT

The Englishman clinched his first win since the Masters in April 2016 with victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Willett carded a stunning final round of 68 to finish two shots ahead of compatriot Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed. With six players within two shots of him on the 14th hole, the 31-year-old went on to birdie three of the next four to clinch his sixth European Tour title. A class act.

MATT WALLACE

The London-native continued his remarkable rise in world golf with a scintillating second-place finish.

Leading at the halfway stage on Friday, the 28-year-old looked on course to seal his fourth European Tour crown of the season, but a double bogey on the eighth hole in round three saw him close with a 71 and drop down the leaderboard.

Still, he redeemed himself with a final round 68 to cap off a fine season.

LOSERS

RORY MCILROY

The Northern Irishman arrived in Dubai full of promise and optimism but could only manage a 20th-placed finish – his worst result at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Sitting in a tie for sixth after the end of Friday’s play, it looked like the 29-year-old could be in contention but six bogeys and one double bogey over the final two rounds saw him drop out of the top-20.

A poor finish to what has been a mixed season for the four-time major winner.

MARTIN KAYMER

The German was another player who was starting to find his form at the season’s end, but struggled around the Earth course.

Coming into this week’s tournament, he was backed by a strong T5 finish at the Turkish Airlines Open and a T21 at the Nedbank Challenge. However, he failed to replicate those formidable displays and ended up posting a miserable seven bogeys and two double bogeys over the second and third rounds, to finish in a tie for 55th.

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