The DP World Tour’s 2022 season drew to an in depth in dramatic style as Jon Rahm, the third spherical chief of the season-ending Tour Championship, held off Ryder Cup team-mates Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy to win by two pictures.
The Spaniard went into the ultimate spherical with a slim one-stroke lead, however reeled off three opening birdies to stretch that benefit earlier than bouncing again from a bogey on the fourth with three extra positive aspects to signal for a closing 67 and end the match on 20 underneath par.
Rahm’s victory continues his love affair with Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course, the place he now has three wins and one other top-five end in 4 visits. He additionally provides a fifth Rolex Sequence title to his assortment, changing into the primary particular person to realize the feat.
Rahm by no means relinquished the lead on day 4, however didn’t look completely snug at instances, as a sequence of missed fairways gave hope to his challengers who had been queuing up behind him. He took a two-shot result in the final however an errant tee-shot landed him in tree bother and he solely simply cleared the penalty space together with his second shot. However his gamble paid off as he two-putted for par on the 18th inexperienced to storm to victory.
Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Noren completed in a tie for second on 18 underneath, with McIlroy two pictures additional again in fourth. Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick had been in a share of fifth place on 13 underneath, with the latter capturing a disappointing closing 73 to finish his possibilities of ending no.1 in Europe.
Rahm mentioned: “Due to COVID I by no means obtained an opportunity to defend my 2019 title and though I made a decision to not come final yr, I got here with the mentality that, properly, no one beat me within the final two years, so they’ll should beat me once more. I got here in with that confidence; a variety of similarities to the previous. Final time I gained right here I began the ultimate spherical at 15-under. I had a heck of a entrance 9 and shot 20-under to win it. I like this course and this course likes me. I hope that is third of many extra. Hopefully folks can cease telling me that it was a nasty yr. Three wins worldwide, three wins in three totally different continents, yeah, it wasn’t a serious championship, however it’s nonetheless a very, actually good season.”
McIlroy gained the opposite prize on supply this week, topping the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time. The Northern Irishman capped a vastly profitable yr by changing into the European no.1, world no.1 and FedExCup champion on the identical time for the primary time in his profession.
McIlroy mentioned: “It means so much. It’s been seven years since I’ve final achieved it. Clearly that is my fourth one however it’s been some time. I’ve gained three FedEx Cups because the final time I gained, which was The Race to Dubai again then. I used to be a mannequin of consistency the entire means by the yr. Numerous high finishes. I believe my worst end of the DP World Tour occasions I performed this yr was twelfth at the beginning of the yr in Abu Dhabi. A very constant season, placing in good performances. It will have been good to get one win in there on the finish of the yr right here, however Jon clearly performed an unbelievable match and absolutely deserved it. I’m actually pleased with my yr, and excited for 2023.
He added: “One of many issues I’m actually pleased with over the previous few years is I don’t really feel I’ve to depend on one facet of my recreation. I believe if my driving isn’t there, then my putter bails me out. If my putter isn’t there, my iron play bails me out. I really feel like if you get to this degree, it’s like, okay, how will you make these incremental enhancements to get higher, and I believe my objective has been to only turn into a extra full golfer and I really feel like I’m on the journey to doing that. I’m as full a golfer as I really feel like I’ve ever been, and hopefully I can proceed on that path.”
What’s within the Bag – Jon Rahm
Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS 10.5°, Aldila Tour Inexperienced 75TX shaft
Fairways: Callaway Rogue ST 16° and 18°, Aldila Tour Inexperienced ATX 85 shaft
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB, 4-PW, Mission X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: Callaway JAWS Cast 52°, 56° and 60°
Putter: Odyssey White Scorching OG Rossie S
Ball: Callaway Chrome Tender X 22