Collin Morikawa (Masters outright – 20/1) has become the first American to claim the Race to Dubai title after winning the DP World Tour Championship
It has been a stellar year for the 24-year-old Californian who has quickly ascended through the ranks in the golfing world.
He won his second major title in July after winning The Open at Royal St George’s, two shots clear of compatriot Jordan Spieth.
He was also a winner in the WGC-Workday Championship in February and made his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits in February.
Morikawa began the day three shots behind overnighter leader Rory McIlroy, who faded to finish in sixth.
It was a near-flawless round from Morikawa who carded a six-under round of 66 to win by three strokes ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork in second.
He birdied five of the last seven holes to round out another impressive milestone in his career.
The world number two was visibly emotional after the win and says he had to remain focused throughout
“It’s very special and an honour,” Morikawa told Sky Sports. “To be the first American to do that (win the money list), to put my name against many greats, hall of famers, it’s special.
“To have this chance and close it out with a win in the DP World Tour Championship, what a great way to finish that.”
He added: “I just kept telling myself to focus. I was excited for this moment, I’ve been telling everyone that the nerves are there but I’m excited.
Scot Robert MacIntyre and Dane Nicolai Hojgaard were a shot further behind on 13 under, while a disappointing round of 74 saw McIlroy (Masters outright – 14/1) drop to 12 under.