Four under par for the day and 19 under for the week, Rose led the European Tour’s season-ending tournament by two shots and, not incidentally, looked a sure thing to top the Race to Dubai—a.k.a.
Perhaps even more painfully, Rose’s sudden demise was also enough to allow a briefly but equally inept Tommy Fleetwood—the hirsute Englishman was himself three over par for the last seven holes—to claim the top spot on the Race to Dubai and the $1.25 million bonus.
David Cannon/Getty Images Rose's struggled on the back nine Sunday, coming up short on his bid to claim the 2017 Race to Dubai title.
Unlike the seemingly preoccupied Rose and Fleetwood, the burly Spaniard who earned the tour’s Rookie of the Year award earlier in the week closed like a champion, his bogey-free 67 carrying him to 19-under-par 269 and a one-shot edge over Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Irishman Shane Lowry.
In more ways than one, that was surely the order of an extraordinary day, month and year on a European Tour that begins all over again in Hong Kong on Thursday.
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