Sweden’s Henrik Stenson successfully defended a title for the first time in his career after a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.
Stenson carded a closing 70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish 16 under par, two shots ahead of world number one Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished a shot further back in fifth to move into the top 50 in the world and take a massive step towards securing a Masters debut next April.
Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello held a two-shot lead with seven holes to play only to bogey the 12th and run up double bogeys on the 16th and 17th after finding water on both occasions.
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Stenson had also found trouble on a rollercoaster back nine, hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 11th to gift playing partner Cabrera-Bello that two-shot advantage, but a brilliant tee shot on the par-three 17th produced a tap-in birdie to reclaim the lead.
McIlroy and Rose had missed birdie putts on the 18th from near-identical positions, while Dubuisson had to settle for a birdie after almost holing out from a greenside bunker.
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