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Rahm with the DP World Tour Championship Trophy & McIlroy with the Harry Vardon Trophy Image Credit: Supplied

Jon Rahm shot a final round of 67 for a 72 hole total of 20 under par to win the $10 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai played over the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Incredibly his third win in four starts in the event.

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Jon Rahm winner of the 2022 DP World Tour Championship Image Credit: Supplied

The 28 year-old Spaniard, becomes the first three-time winner of the DP World Tour Championship. After flying out of the blocks from the first hole with three opening birdies, after having taken a one stroke lead into the final round.

Rahm carded six birdies, and just one bogey on hole four in his final round.

He held a two-shot lead as he stood on the 18th tee, but an errant tee-shot landed him in tree trouble and he only just cleared the penalty area with his second shot.

The gamble paid off as he two-putted for par on the 18th green to take the top prize.

Watch: Jon Rahm wins his third DP World Tour Championship

Tied runners-up two shots back on 18 under par were Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Noren who shot 66 and 67 respectively with Noren the only player in the 50 strong field to beat 70 in all four rounds.

World Number One Rory McIlroy finished with a 68 for solo fourth place, enough to win the DP World Tour Rankings for his fourth time.

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Rory McIlroy winner of the 2022 DP World Tour Rankings Image Credit: Supplied

Matt Fitzpatrick, out in the final pairing of the day with Rahm was out of sorts on the course, it was just not his day and he shot a final round 73 to finish tied fifth alongside Dubai resident Tommy Fleetwood.

On finishing his round, Rahm, who has three worldwide wins in 2022, said, ‘Because of Covid I never got the chance to defend my 2019 title. Even though I didn’t decide to come last year, I came here with a mentality that nobody beat me here for the last two years. I like this course and this course likes me. I hope this is the third of many more wins.’

‘I cannot believe I shot 12 under par with how badly I hit it off the tee over the weekend,’ concluded Rahm.

With McIlroy winning the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time and his first for seven years, Ryan Fox finished the year in second place and the fast finishing Jon Rahm moved up into third.

Watch: Rory McIlroy after his fourth DP World Tour Rankings title

The Northern Irishman capped a hugely successful year by becoming the European Number One, World Number One and FedExCup Champion at the same time, a first ever held by a golfer.

Final Leaderboard (Top 5)

1st - J. Rahm 70, 66, 65, 67 = 268
2nd - T. Hatton 65, 67, 72, 66 =270 / A. Noren 66, 69, 68, 67 = 270
4th - R. McIlroy 71, 68, 65, 68 = 272
5th - T. Fleetwood 68, 70, 68, 69 = 275 / M. Fitzpatrick 65, 67, 70, 73 = 275

DP World Tour Rankings (Top 5)

1 - R. McIlroy
2 - R. Fox
3 - J. Rahm
4 - M. Fitzpatrick
5 - T. Fleetwood