Matt Fitzpatrick won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, holding out Lee Westwood by a single stroke, with Patrick Reed and Viktor Hovland a further two strokes back.
But the season-long Race to Dubai, Harry Vardon Trophy went to Lee Westwood for the third time.
“2009, I was honing in on the best player in the world spot, and I needed to win here to win the Race to Dubai, and I managed to do that,” Westwood said. “And then this one, I’m kind of the more mature player on the European Tour now. It wasn’t something I set out to do at the start of the year, but it shows the consistency I’ve shown.”
“The motivation’s never changed, really. I get to get up each day and do the job I love. I’ve always wanted to be a golfer and I don’t want it to end.”
Westwood joins Peter Oosterhuis, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy in the elite group of golfers who have been crowned the European Tour’s best golfer more than three times.