Morikawa first American Euro tour winner

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Collin Morikawa has become the first American to win the Race to Dubai title, the honour accorded to topping the European Tour money list, after a late surge took him to victory in the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy faltered on Sunday at the Jumeirah Golf Estates course having looked set to become the first three-times winner of the event.

That opened the door to Morikawa who finished with a flawless round of 66 including six birdies to top the leaderboard at 17 under par and win by three shots.

The British Open champion won by three shots from England's Matt Fitzpatrick and Sweden's Alexander Bjork having birdied the 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th.

"It's really special," Morikawa said. "It's an honour to be the first American to win the Race to Dubai and to put my name on there with so many greats."

McIlroy had held a one-shot lead going into the final day but the Northern Irishman made bogeys on the 15th, 16th and 18th holes to finish five shots behind Morikawa.

Min-Woo Lee carded a third successive 69 to finish nine under in equal-16th. Fellow Australians Jason Scrivener and Lucas Herbert were a shot behind in equal 21st after shooting 70 and 69 respectively.

Fitzpatrick - one of five players who started the week with a chance to overhaul Morikawa in the Race to Dubai standings -had birdied six of his first 10 holes to power up the leaderboard.

Fitzpatrick even took the lead briefly after a birdie at No.15 - his seventh of the day - meaning there was a chance of him winning the Race to Dubai.

His hopes disappeared on the very next hole when he drove into a fairway bunker and hit out right, straight into the water.

"I would be lying to you if I said I wasn't watching what Matt Fitzpatrick was doing. Boy, did he put on a run," Morikawa said.

"But it's 18 holes. All I needed to do was catch a spark ... The putts weren't dropping and I just told myself when I looked at the leaderboard after nine that I was still in there."

Havig also been a Ryder Cup winner, collecting 3 1/2 points from a possible 4, the year could hardly have gone better for Morikawa.

"Pretty good," he said with a smile. "Look, the way my head is wired, I'm always looking for what's next, but I'm going to try to enjoy this one. This one is special."

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