|-17 C Morikawa (United States) *; -14 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), A Bjork (Sweden); -13 N Hojgaard (Den), R MacIntyre (Sco); -12 R McIlroy (NI) I Poulter (Eng), D Burmester (SA)|
|Others selected: -11 P Casey (Eng), S Lowry (Ire), S Horsfield (Eng); -9 S Garcia (Spa), T Hatton (Ang), M Armitage (Ang) Full ranking|
|* Indicates the race in Dubai won|
Collin Morikawa birdied five of the last seven holes to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai with 17 under and clinch the Race to Dubai title of the European Tour season.
The world number two posted a six-under-66 to finish three ahead of defending English champions Matt Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork.
Overnight leader Rory McIlroy passed out late to tie for sixth.
Morikawa becomes the first American to win the European Tour silver list.
It wraps up a breathtaking season for the 24-year-old, having won his second major title at the Open Championship after winning the WGC-Workday Championship in February.
“It’s very special and an honor,” Morikawa told Sky Sports. “To be the first American to do this [win the money list], to put my name against many greats, Hall of Fame is special.
“To have this chance and to end it with a victory in the DP World Tour Championship, what a great way to end it.”
He added, “I kept telling myself to focus. I was excited for this moment, I told everyone the nerves were there but I’m excited.
“I channeled that energy into the excitement and wanted to keep hitting good shot after good shot. The putts started to fall and it’s still fun.”
Although he only managed two birdies on his first 13 holes, McIlroy was in a good position to win the tournament for the third time, holding a one-stroke lead with five holes remaining.
But after Morikawa birdied in the 15th to tie, the Northern Irishman suffered a terrible stroke of bad luck when his short approach to the same hole snapped the pin and bounced into a bunker.
The 32-year-old bugged out from there and dropped two more shots in his final three holes in a disheartening end to his week.
Morikawa admitted in his post-round interview that he followed Fitzpatrick’s charge in the standings as the seven-time European Tour winner was in contention with six birdies in his first 10 holes.
A birdie in the 15th gave Fitzpatrick the advantage briefly, but his chances were taken a hit when he found water in the 16th, leading to a bogey.
Fitzpatrick also dropped a shot in the 17th, but finished with a birdie for a round of 66 to finish alongside Swede Bjork on 14 under after a strong defense of his title.
Scotsman Robert MacIntyre, who had been in contention before releasing three shots in the space of two holes in the 12th and 13th, was another shot back.
The 25-year-old birdied three of his last four holes – bogey on 17th – to win a share of fourth place alongside Dane Nicolai Hojgaard.
But as the other contenders stumbled down the home stretch, Morikawa had a superb run over the final seven holes to close the tournament – and its season – in style with birdies in the 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th.
Speaking during his winning speech, an emotional Morikawa paid tribute to his late grandfather.
“I lost my grandfather earlier this year, and recently my girlfriend and I were thinking about him,” he said.
“We are so lucky to be with the people we have around us. That’s about it, just say thank you and enjoy the time you spend with people because you don’t know how much time you will have. . “