Italy's Francesco Molinari has capped an incredible season by winning the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

Molinari, who won his maiden major title in the Open at Carnoustie and became the first European player to compile a perfect 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup, was confirmed as European number one during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship.

The 36-year-old's Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood had to win the season-ending event to overhaul Molinari, but a closing 68 left Fleetwood on 10 under par, with Xander Schauffele already in the clubhouse on the same score.

Molinari and Fleetwood became the first European pair to win all four of their matches together in September's victory at Le Golf National and the "Moliwood" pair embraced on the clubhouse steps once Molinari's success was confirmed.

"Incredible, incredible," Molinari said. "You know, now I'm going to have time to sit down and relax and really think back about the last few months.

"This morning on the first tee, the announcement is the winner of the Open Championship, Race to Dubai leader - it doesn't sound real at the moment.

"I'm really struggling for words. It's more than I ever dreamed of achieving. I've seen guys that I think are better players than me not winning majors and not winning Order of Merits or Race to Dubai. To achieve those things, you know, in one single season, is just incredible."

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Former Masters champion Danny Willett was the man to catch as the DP World Tour Championship headed for a tense climax.

Willett, who has struggled with injuries and a loss of form since winning his maiden major title in 2016, began the day in a tie for the lead with current green jacket holder Patrick Reed.

But a long-range eagle on the par-five second and a birdie on the seventh gave Willett a two-shot lead over Spain's Adrian Otaegui at the midway point of the final round, with England's Matt Wallace and South African Dean Burmester a shot further back.