Dubai, UAE – Tommy Fleetwood sealed a remarkable victory at the Dubai Invitational with a stunning birdie-birdie finish, fending off challenges from Rory McIlroy and Thriston Lawrence.
Heading into the final day at Dubai Creek Resort with a slender one-shot lead, Tommy faced a fierce battle with McIlroy. Despite a momentary setback with a bogey on the 16th, Tommy’s unwavering composure saw him through.
Trailing McIlroy by one on the 18th tee, Tommy mirrored his rival’s birdie on the penultimate hole. Then, seizing the moment, Tommy sank a crucial 16-foot putt for a 67, clinching his seventh DP World Tour title with a 19-under total.
The victory, Tommy’s third in the UAE, follows his impressive runner-up finish at the 2023 DP World Tour Championship. It catapults him to the top of the International Swing Rankings and fourth in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, potentially elevating him to 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Reflecting on his win, Tommy expressed gratitude for the support and credited his team’s guidance. He emphasized the importance of persistence and continuous improvement in his journey.
Tommy’s stellar performance included crucial birdies on the third and fifth holes, maintaining his lead despite stiff competition. Notable highlights included a remarkable bunker shot on the par-5 10th and a composed finish on the challenging 18th hole.
As Tommy celebrates this significant victory, his focus remains on sustaining momentum and aiming for further success in upcoming tournaments.