(Reuters) – Francesco Molinari won the title of the Race in Dubai after Tommy Fleetvood failed to win the DP World Tour Championship season, where England's Danny Villett won her first title in the first 2-1 / 2 first week.
Molinari enjoyed the extraordinary season, winning their first masters championship at the British Open, along with their first Rolek Series title at the BMV PGA Championship.
Englezist Fleetvood, who was supposed to win at Jumeirah Golf Estates to cross Molinari to the European Tour Finals, finished fourth with a score of 68 and finished 10 points, eight shots behind the eventual winner of Villette.
"It's incredible," Molinari said. "Now I will have time to sit down and relax and really think about the last few months.
"This morning, on the first release of the website, the winner of the Open Championship, Race to Dubai leader, does not sound really at the moment.
"More than I ever dreamed of achieving. I've seen guys that I think are better players than me without winning the Major and not winning a race or race for Dubai. To achieve this in one season, it's incredible."
Molinari was also part of the Europa Europe Rider Cup team's victory over the US in Le Golf National in September, becoming the first European to win five points out of five.
Four of these points were won by the team with another Fleetvood.
"It's difficult in some way because it would probably be easier to play in some way against anyone other than him (Fleetvood)," Molinari added.
"I know how talented he was, and I really thought he would win him at a certain moment and put me in a difficult place.
"Apparently he's a great guy and a super talented player and I'm sure I'm younger than me, he will win a few more races for Dubais."
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Villett extended the later bird to return to the winner's race for the first time since the triumph of his unforgettable American masters in 2016.
The 31-year-old seemed to miss his chance when he launched his back nine with two bugs in three holes.
However, the birds in 14, 15 and 17 secured that he signed for the last round 68, finishing two shootings ahead of the game of partner Patrick Reed and fellow Matt Vallas.
Vilett missed five of his first seven seasons this season, but the eighth final at the Italian Open led his campaign to life before he won his sixth title tour of the Earth.
"You never know when the victory is around the corner and with everything that happened, I was never sure it would happen again," he said.
"To be here at the end of the year, we struggled long and hard during this season to come out in the end, no matter what happened today, a better person and a better athlete, this is a special place."
(Report by Hardy Vias in Bengaluru, Editing by Toby Davis)