Tommy Fleetwood crowned Race to Dubai Champion
Tommy Fleetwood emerged the winner at the Race to Dubai after Justin Rose faltered with a torrid back nine on the last day of the European Tour season at the DP World Tour Championship. Fleetwood posted a very poor closing round and was not expecting a win, but Rose’s bid to be Europe’s No 1 came up short even of that low mark. John Rahm became the only multiple winner of a Rolex Series Tournament this season. Rose was looking in control of the tournament with three under par for the day after 11 holes. With a string of bad lucks and three bogeys of the next five shots saw him drop out of the top five positions. Fleetwood had a very poor closing round with 11 under par which comfortably took him out of the top 20. Rose needed an eagle to displace Fleetwood from the top of the standings and take the Harry Vardon Trophy.
Jordan Spieth to get 1.4million dollars appearance fee
World number 2 Jordan Spieth is all set to make a huge profit on his trip to Australia with a reported 1.4 million dollars appearance fee irrespective of the results of the Australian Open. It does not matter if he retains his Australian Open trophy or not – Spieth gets paid anyway. The American golfer will be playing for the Stonehaven Cup in Australia from Thursday at Sydney, and the appearance fee is a humongous 1 million United States dollars (approx S$1.4 million). Golf Australia Chief executive Stephen Pitt defended the price tag though by saying that Spieth’s involvement with the tournament has made it a lot easier to market and thus has helped in bringing in both revenue and talent alike from across the globe.
Ariya Jutanugarn wins CME Tour Championship
Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn made a magnificent shot in the 25-foot birdie putt on the last to hole to win the CME Group Tour Championship with the last shot in Naples, Florida on the morning of the 20th of November (Singapore time). Ariya Jutanugarn wins the LPGA season finale after close competitor Lexi Thompson misses short par putt on the 18th hole. Ariya started the day off with a bogey but came back strong in her last six holes putting in four birdies to finish the fourth round with five under sixty-seven on the final day and a four day total of fifteen under two hundred and seventy-three. Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda both finished a joint second with both carding a 67 in the fourth round. Lexi Thompson came very close to victory, but the missed out at the 18th hole cost her the tournament.