Jon Rahm earned a $5 million payday after winning both the season-ending DP Tour Championship and the Race To Dubai to finish as the European Tour number one golfer.
Spaniard Rahm held off former winner Tommy Fleetwood to win the $3 million DP Tour Championship at The Earth Course in Dubai.
That result also meant he finished as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2019 – and earned him a further $2 million in prize money.
“It’s really so hard to believe that some of the greatest champions in European golf and Spanish golf haven’t been able to accomplish what I have in just three years,” Rahm said. “That’s what I can’t really put my mind into.”
Only Seve Ballesteros of his fellow Spaniards had managed to finish the season as European number one.
“Sergio (Garcia) has been a great Spanish champion for years, Major winner,” Rahm added. “Ollie (José María Olazábal), two-time Major Championship winner. Miguel Ángel (Jiménez) has done a great job as well. Alvaro Quiros has won this event.
“So many great players throughout the history of Spain that have had a chance and they didn’t get it done. It’s just hard to put that in perspective to know that since Seve, I’m the next one to get it done. I can put the words but it just doesn’t feel like it’s true. It’s hard to believe.
“Seve wasn’t the calmest out there, he had some passion. So did Ollie, they both do and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“Some of the greatest champions in all sports are passionate people that show frustration when they have it and they show their happiness when they do have it, as well. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. In fact, I believe it’s a good thing because that’s what got me through today on the last few holes.”
Five players were still in contention to be crowned the European number one for the year heading into the DP Tour Championship, but it was left to Rahm and Fleetwood to fight it out on a dramatic final day.
Rahm had been six shots clear of Fleetwood during the final round, but in the end he needed to sink a nervous putt on the last to seal a one-shot victory.
Rahm finished finished 483.6 points clear of Fleetwood in the season-long standings.
It was Rahm’s third European Tour win of the season having also triumphed in the Irish Open and his home event the Open de Espana.
Rahm also enjoyed a PGA Tour win in 2019 having won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, ironically with Fleetwood runner-up again.
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