Lahiri finishes tied 34th, McIlroy clinches third European Tour crown
Dubai, Nov 22 (IANS) Leading Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri signed off with a one-under 71 to finish tied 34th after the fourth and final round while Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (66) won the $8 million DP World Tour Championship to claim his third European Tour Order of Merit title here on Sunday. World No.42 Lahiri got birdies on the second, seventh, 10th, 14th, 15th and 18th holes against bogeys on the third, fourth, 12th, 16th and 17th for a 71 that took his total to five-under 283 (73-67-72-71). The 28-year-old from Bengaluru bagged 62,350 euros ($66393.40) for his performance in the European Tour season-ender at the Earth Course of the Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Meanwhile, world No.3 McIlroy registered a one-stroke win over Englishman Andy Sullivan, who scored 68. Former world No.1 McIlroy, who trailed by a shot against overnight leader Sullivan, accumulated a total of 21-under 267 (68-68-65-66). This was his third victory on the European Tour of the 2015 season — other two came at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. It was also his second DP World Tour Championship title in Dubai — the first came in 2012. The 26-year-old five-time Major champion got 1,333,330 euros ($1419796.45) for his win that also secured his top spot in the European Order of Merit. He also won the European Tour Order of Merit title in 2012 and 2014. “It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me,” McIlroy told europeantour.com. Englishman Danny Willett finished second in the Order of Merit. South African Branden Grace scored 67 to finish third with a total of 15-under 273 (68-69-69-67). Two strokes behind him were Emiliano Grillo (71) of Argentina, Byeong Hun An (71) of South Korea, Italian Francesco Molinari (68), South African Charl Schwartzel (69) and the English duo of Matthew Fitzpatrick (70) and Willett (70), who shared the fourth spot. They got 278,000 euros ($296028.30) each for their performances.
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