Willett won the DP World Tour Championship when Molinari headed the Race to Dubai

Danny Willett has returned to the final round of the DP World Championship Championship in Dubai, the last event of the 2018 season of the European Tour.

Willett, who won the final at the Masters in 2016, had three birdies in his last five holes to reach 18 under par and completed two clear shots of the British Matt Wallace and defending champion Masters. Patrick Reed, who finished second in the race to Dubai after Francesco Molinari.

Willett made a major breakthrough in Augusta over two and a half years ago, but when he arrived in Dubai this week, he was still his last win after battling injuries and a significant loss. He missed five of the first seven cuts this season, but an eighth draw at the Italian Open has triggered his campaign and added two of the top ten Rolex. .

“I’m very happy to win the league I’ve won in the past few years, and it’s clear that Augusta will always be special,” said Willett, who has moved comfortably back into the top 100 of the world with victory. , but this win, coming on the back of everything that happened this year, is the most pleasant from my point of view.I was not in a position to challenge for a title effect for a long time, so to finish the last five or six holes the way I did was very satisfying. ”

He added, “At the end of 2016, I got some bad injuries, just as I was in a good position to win Race to Dubai. For a long time then my game was not in a good place and I really did not want to play golf. I just do not like what I’m doing, and I’m in pain. Regardless of what happens today, I am in a much better place than where I am. I know that things are going in the right direction, and I have done all the possible work to give me the opportunity to do this. ”

The tournament also saw Francesco Molinari end the Race to Dubai title and was crowned Europe’s number one. After an excellent season including the first major Open title, a Rolex Series win at the BMW PGA Championship, and a record-breaking five-year anniversary at the Ryder Cup in Paris, 36, Italy entered the battle. The weekend finale of the season knows that only one win by the nearest rival and great friend Tommy Fleetwood could deny him the title money list. Despite finishing 12th, Fleetwood’s lead in 16th place means Italy is number one in Europe.

Molinari said: “I feel relieved than anything, honestly. Obviously, I have not burst the energy in the last few days, but I did what I could, and luckily it was good enough. I am really proud to know that my name will be in the trophy with some amazing names. ”

He added: “I can not wait to go back and sit down and have really come back to life in the past few months. I’m not proud of this week for the way I play, but obviously I will remember winning Race to Dubai for a long time. It’s just an amazing achievement. If I think about where I was before Wentworth this year, if someone told me I would continue to win there, win the PGA Tour, win the Open, and get five points at the Ryder Cup, I will probably laugh. Not true, but it happened, obviously I did something right. “