Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai after Rose wilts, Rahm claims tournament win

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Just two shots separated Rose and Fleetwood going into Sunday's showdown, after both players posted near-perfect third-round 65s on Saturday, and it was Fleetwood who gained some early momentum as he birdied the first.

Race to Dubai challenger Justin Rose also carded a 70 to lie just two shots off the lead in a tie for fourth with American Julian Suri and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Tommy Fleetwood won the European Tour Order of Merit after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was decided only on the 72nd green of the DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the season.

Yet there was to be no miracle finish for Rose, with Fleetwood instead topping the standings. "I had no idea how he shot 65 or whatever he shot".

"There's a hunger and motivation there", Rose said of his impressive streak of play that began roughly a month ago when he claimed the WGC-HSBC Champions title in a Sunday comeback, then followed it up with another Sunday rally to win the Turkish Airlines Open. "He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun". I don't know whether Justin will be bothered or not. Highlights of the round for Rose included a chip-in for birdie on the par-3 13th hole and a 45-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

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Overnight leader and defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a level-par 72 to drop back in the field. "Is there much point [in] putting too much pressure on yourself when you're one ahead of a tightly-packed leaderboard; it's about playing good golf tomorrow".

Frittelli could only manage a one-over back nine, however, and Rose fared even worse - a pushed second shot into the water at 14 indicative of his struggles down the stretch.

An emotional Fleetwood said on Sky Sports: "It wasn't pretty today, most of the time, but it was great being out there to try and win it". I am hoping it is one of those freak days. The week could have gone not quite as how you wanted it, not being in contention or anything.

"This is what you practise for and this is what you play for, but having my seven-week old baby here will do a good job of keeping my mind off it".

Sunday showdown. Can't wait.

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