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Lee Westwood wins 2020 Race To Dubai title

Lee Westwood lifted the Race To Dubai title for the third time in his career after finishing second in the season-ending European Tour event, the DP World Tour Championship.

Westwood had also been crowned the European Tour Order of Merit winner in 2000 and 2009.

The 47-year-old Englishman proved their is plenty of life left in him on tour with his second placed finish in the DP World Tour Championship enough to earn Westwood the season-long title.

Matt Fitzpatrick claimed victory in the final event of the season, finishing 15-under across the week at the Earth Course in Dubai.

Westwood was one-shot adrift on 14-under par, a result that was enough to earn him the 2020 Race To Dubai title.

He pipped American Patrick Reed, who led the points list heading into the final event but missed out after finishing third in the DP World Tour Championship on 13-under.

Referring to the restructured season due to coronavirus, Westwood said: “It’s been a bizarre season for so many reasons.

“The European Tour have done an incredible job to pick the season up again from July and have tournaments on every week.

“It’s been 20 years since I sat there at Valderrama to win the Order of Merit, as it was then.

“It’s not getting any easier, I am not getting any younger. I had a bit of a back problem and it nearly cost me this week – on Monday I didn’t know if I was going to play.

“I am just enjoying playing golf against these great young players – these kids are so good now. Matt feels like he has been out here for years but is still in his mid-20s and finished like a pro there.”

Westwood’s second place finish sees him move up to 36th place in the Official World Golf Rankings.