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Nicolai Hojgaard claimed the biggest win of his career with a sensational back-nine birdie blitz to see off his Ryder Cup teammates at the DP World Tour Championship.
Hojgaard fired five consecutive birdies from the 13th hole on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Sunday, posting an eight-under final round 64 to beat Victor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm by two shots.
And the Dane has now moved into the world’s top 50 after securing the $3million winner’s prize in the DP World Tour’s season-closing showpiece.
“It’s the sweetest one and so much hard work has been put in the last couple of years – and this year has been a really good year,” Hojgaard said.
“I have to say this is probably the best golf I’ve played in a tournament because this is the strongest field in my three wins. I’m definitely going to enjoy this.”
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 22nd in the 50-player field, lifted his fifth Race to Dubai crown.
There was also elation and despair elsewhere as ten players secured their ticket to the PGA Tour next season.
Here’s the full prize money breakdown from the DP World Tour Championship…
DP World Tour Championship prize money payout
Winner. Nicolai Hojgaard: $3,000,000
T2. Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Wallace: $910,000
T5. Thriston Lawrence, Jon Rahm, Matthieu Pavon: $340,000
8. Victor Perez, -16, $240,000
T9. Ewen Ferguson, Jeff Winther: $200,000
T11. Tyrrell Hatton, Romain Langasque, Antoine Rozner, Rasmus Hojgaard: $153,000
T15. Tom Kim, Min Woo Lee: $117,750
17. Dan Bradbury: $110,000
T18. Adrian Otaegui, Shane Lowry, Ryo Hisatsune, Robert MacIntyre: $99,000
T22. Sepp Straka, Zander Lombard, Rory McIlroy, Julien Guerrier: $86,625
26.Thorbjørn Olesen: $80,000
T27. Grant Forrest, Vincent Norrman, Yannik Paul, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jens Dantorp: $72,600
T32. Adrian Meronk, Tom McKibbin: $65,000
T34. Pablo Larrazabal, Ryan Fox: $61,000
T38. Daniel Hillier, Lucas Herbert, Sami Valimaki: $52,000
T41. Sebastian Soderberg, Connor Syme: $48,500
T43. Jorge Campillo, Julien Brun: $46,500
T45. Daniel Brown, Marcel Siem: $44,500
47. Jordan Smith: $43,000
48. Joost Luiten: $42,000
49. Matthew Southgate: $41,000
50. Nacho Elvira: $40,000
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