The inaugural Race to Dubai winner wins for the second time in Dubai and third time overall winning the European Tour order of merit.
Westwood gave himself a chance to compete in the final tournament of the season with his 25th European Tour win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA in January, his second Rolex Series title.
A solo second-place finish at the DP World Tour Championship one shot behind tournament winner Matthew Fitzpatrick, moved Westwood up three places to win the Race to Dubai.
Fitzpatrick put a golfing display on at the Jumeirah Estates Earth Course with 5 birdies in seven holes and only 1 bogey in his final round to finish four rounds in the ’60s.
This is Fitzpatrick’s second DP World Tour Championship win and first win in two years, and in between that time he has had 6 runners up finishes.
Westwood said afterwards; “It’s been 20 years since I sat there at Valderrama and finished second in the American Express Championship to win the Volvo Order of Merit as it was back then,” he said.
“I won here in 2009 to win the Race to Dubai and now I’ve finished second to win it today.
“They have all been very different. I guess 2000, sort of I was winning a lot, but I was still up and coming. It was only my seventh year on Tour.
“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.
“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.
“So I’m prepared to keep working hard and put myself in the line of fire and try and get into contention in tournaments. It’s where I’m most comfortable and what I love doing. I love the work away from the course and the gym and on the range, the hard work that people don’t see, I love that. I don’t need to motivate myself very often.”