Antoine Rozner reels in Andy Sullivan to win Golf in Dubai Championship
Frenchman Antoine Rozner reeled in long-time leader Andy Sullivan on the back nine to land a spectacular maiden European Tour win in the Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.
Sullivan, who had been out in front since opening with a sensational 11-under-par 61 on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, was still there after going out in two-under to reach 23-under.
But, as the Englishman finally started to falter as a front-runner, having landed an English Championship win at Hanbury Manor in August from that position, Rozner timed his run to perfection.
The 27-year-old, who lost to Dane Rasmus Hojgaard in a play-off in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open exactly a year ago, carded an eagle and four birdies as he stormed home in 31.
That saw him sign off with a 64 for a 25-under 263 total, winning by two shots from fellow Frenchman Mike Lorenzo Vera (65), English pair Sullivan (70) and Matt Wallace (68) and Italian Francesco Laporta (65).
“It means a lot,” Rozner told Sky Sports Golf. “It’s been such a strange year on the European Tour and we have been through so much all over the world and being able to get it done today in such nice fashion - eight-under - is great.
“We knew we had to take it super deep if we wanted to win and that’s what we did. It’s amazing.
“I’m going to be honest, the first time I saw I was in the lead was on the 18th green as I didn’t really look at the leaderboards and I told Darren (his caddie) that I didn’t want to know what was going on, which I think was a good thing.
“I just kept being aggressive and I think in the end that paid off.”
Rozner, who had already secured a spot in next week’s DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the same venue but has climbed 31 spots to 24th in the Race to Dubai, added: “I knew the game was there. I didn’t know it was that good.
“I’m excited (about next week). It is a good way to finish in the biggest event of the year and I didn’t get to play in a Rolex Series event this year.”
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