Branden Grace capped off a superb run of form with a third-place finish at the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship. The 27-year-old earned enough at Jumeirah Golf Estates to claim third place on the final European Tour Order of Merit, titled the Race to Dubai.
“I really can’t be disappointed. I played solid golf and it was nice to finish the season off in that fashion. It’s been a good four weeks leading up to this,” added Grace who at that point had earned the equivalent of R45-million in prize-money in 2015.
Rory McIlroy played classy golf to clinch the title by one shot over reigning South African Open champion Andy Sullivan. The Northern Irishman retained the world number one spot and won the Race to Dubai for a third time.
“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me,” said McIlroy. “Fields are so deep, you can’t let up at all. Tagging along with that, you know, this is my time to capitalise on my career. The next 10, 15 years is my time.”
Charl Schwartzel also had a good week at Jumeirah Golf Estates and wrapped up the week in a share of fourth place on 13-under-par, which allowed him to return to the top 50 in the world ranking.