Being chased down by the reigning Masters champion, Danny Willett held on to claim his first win since his monumental victory at the 2016 Masters. The Englishman has hardly been a model of consistency, but the DP World Tour Championship is a big stage on which he stole the show and you can’t fluke a win on the European Tour. The win takes Willett back inside the World Top 100, having been outside of 300 to start this month. Whilst consistency has eluded Willett, the victory at Dubai’s Jumeirah Golf Estates was the 14th of the season and 333rd of all time on the European Tour for English golfers.
After his friend Lee Westwood ended a long drought last week, we’ve been treated to two extremely popular champions to finish off the season. Speaking of popular champions…
Molinari Wins Race to Dubai
Tommy Fleetwood’s 10-under T16 ultimately decided his good friend’s fortune. The European Tour couldn’t have chosen two more popular men to be battling it out for the season-long prize, but in the end Sunday was a non-contest. Italy can now add a first Race to Dubai title to their first golf Major thanks to Frankie, and you’d like to think that the Molinari Magic will inspire a new generation of talent in a country with a modest history in the sport.
Matt Wallace capped off an incredible three-win season with a T2 in Dubai. The 28-year-old slipped under the radar somewhat in racking up the titles due to the calibre of field they’ve come against, but this result proves his ability against the strongest of fields. He’s one to watch in 2019.
Shubhankar Sharma’s two-win debut season on the European Tour earned him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. Wins at the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, along with Top-10 results at the WGC-Mexico and on home soil at the Hero Indian Open, etched his name on a trophy alongside Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Sir Nick Faldo and many more distinguished golfers.
Danny Willett – What’s in the Bag
Driver: Callaway Rogue
3-Wood: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Written by Joe Carabini