Danny Willett fell out of the top 450 in the rankings earlier this year, DP World Tour Championship: Final leaderboard-18 Willett (Eng); -16 Wallace, Reed (USA); -14 Rahm (Spa), Otaegui (Spa), Burmester (SA); -13 Frittelli (SA), Lewis (Eng) Other selected: -11 Bjork (Swe), Smith (Eng); -10 Fleetwood; -9 Southgate (Eng); -8 McIlroy (NI), Westwood (Eng)
Danny Willett has won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai – his first title since the 2016 Masters.
He scored a four-under final round of 68 to finish at 18 under par, two shots for the Englishman Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed of the United States.
The 31-year-old almost touched his tee shot in a stream on the 18th hole before he recovered to make par.
"I am extremely proud of myself", told an emotional Willett to Sky Sports.
"It was a lot of hard work, it was heavy [the past two years]."
Willett won his first major at Augusta two years ago but slipped from a career high of the ninth position in the rankings outside the top 450 earlier this year because of an injury and a loss of form.
He shared the lead with Reed in the final round, but released three shots with an eagle on the par-five second and then made birdie on the seventh
He lost that lead after the 10th and 12th birthday, but Birdied still three holes before he had his guts on the 18th.
"You never know when victory is around the corner, and with everything that has happened you will never know for sure if there will be another victory," said Willett.
"It was a lot of work, it's just nice to be back.
" I started quite slowly all week on the first four or five holes – but I'm fast today left, because that happens on a Sunday in the position I was inside, I knew I was in a good place. "