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Nicolai Hojgaard wins DP World Tour Championship as brother misses PGA Tour card


Nicolai Hojgaard raises the DP World Tour Championship trophy.

Nicolai Hojgaard received his third and largest DP World Tour title Sunday.

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In a barely awkward accident, Sunday was bittersweet for the Hojgaard twins.

First the candy, which is certain to outweigh the bitter of the household. Nicolai Hojgaard made 5 consecutive birdies on the again 9 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to return from behind and defeat Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace to win the DP World Tour Championship.

It’s the third and by far the most important title of the Dane’s DP World Tour profession and comes simply lower than two months after his 0-2-1 debut efficiency in Group Europe’s win on the Ryder Cup.

Wallace began the day within the lead with the heavyweight duo of Hovland and Fleetwood and the three traded the lead early within the spherical. However then Nicolai’s birdie blitz compelled all three within the last pairing to eagle to the final to power a playoff.

All three may solely handle par to complete in a three-way tie for second.

The win means Nicolai finishes No. 2 within the Race to Dubai standings. Rory McIlroy had already clinched his fifth order of benefit win final week after the Nedbank Golf Problem.

It was additionally one of many final occasions for Nicolai earlier than he accepts full PGA Tour membership for subsequent season. The 22-year-old turned a particular non permanent PGA Tour member earlier this season and gathered the mandatory variety of non-member FedEx Cup factors to earn full standing for subsequent season.


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Nonetheless, his twin brother, Rasmus, received’t be becoming a member of him on the American Tour subsequent season.

Rasmus got here into the week sixteenth within the Race to Dubai rankings, necessary as a result of that is the primary 12 months during which the high 10 gamers within the Race to Dubai last standings, not in any other case exempt, earn 2024 PGA Tour playing cards. With 4 PGA Tour members and two gamers set to earn standing by way of different means (together with Nicolai), Rasums was in place to earn the tenth and last card.

Nonetheless, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon birdied his last 4 holes Sunday to complete T5 in Dubai and bounce up 5 spots to fifteenth within the last standings, bumping Rasmus, who completed T11, out of a card.

Hojgaard must begin from scratch subsequent season to earn PGA Tour standing as there isn’t any exemption to subsequent month’s last stage of PGA Tour Q-Faculty for DP World Tour members.

Jack Hirsh

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf crew and lately returned to this system to function head coach. Jack additionally nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but additionally producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He will be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.

 

 

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