Rozner secures maiden title at Golf in Dubai Championship


Antoine Rozner secured his maiden European Tour title at the Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.

The Frenchman posted a superb eight under par 64 on a thrilling final day at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Rozner started the day four shots behind leader Andy Sullivan but reeled him in on the back nine having picked up seven shots in eight holes from the Fire course’s fifth hole.

He dropped a shot on the 15th to hand the advantage to Sullivan once again but picked up two more shots in his closing three holes to get to 25 under and finish two shots ahead of Francesco Laporta, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Matt Wallace and Sullivan.

"I’ve been close twice this season in Mauritius and at Valderrama," said Rozner, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last season.

"I couldn’t close it out then so I’m really happy to have done it now with the way I played this week. 64 in the final round is always a pretty good score so to get it done in this fashion is a pretty big deal for me."

Sullivan had led from day one after his spellbinding course record 61 but after being caught he struggled to get ahead again as he failed to pick up a shot coming on his closing nine. The Englishman needed an eagle on the closing hole to force a play-off but could only muster par as he finished on 23 under.

Focus now turns to next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship with the top 60 available players on the Race to Dubai set to go head-to-head over the Earth course.

Major winners Patrick Reed and Collin Morikawa will be in town while former Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood are in the hunt to be crowned European Tour Number One once again.

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