Francesco Molinari was crowned Race to Dubai champion for the first time in his career on Sunday to cap a stunning season, after fending off Ryder Cup team-mate Tommy Fleetwood.
The Italian now ends the season as European number one despite Fleetwood pushing Molinari all the way.
Molinari’s incredible run began in May when he lifted the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and he followed that with a runner-up finish on home soil at the Italian Open.
Since then, the 36-year-old has enjoyed stellar run of form, lifting his first major title at The Open in July, before becoming the first European to win all five of his matches at the Ryder Cup in September, with four of them coming alongside Fleetwood.
Following Molinari being crowned Race to Dubai champion, we’ve decided to take a look back at the previous Race to Dubai and Order of Merit champions from way back in 1971.
Top spot! Order of Merit and Race to Dubai winners through the years
1971-1974 - Peter Oosterhuis
Englishman Peter Oosterhuis claimed the Order of Merit title four years in a row between 1971-1974. However, despite his dominance in the 70’s, Oosterhuis never managed to claim a major title.
1975 - Dale Hayes
South African Dale Hayes was crowned the Order of Merit champion in 1975. Hayes, who won the World Cup of Golf for South Africa alongside Bobby Cole a year earlier, recently became the fourth golfer to be inducted into the South African Hall of Fame.
1976-1978 - Seve Ballesteros
Legend of the game Seve Ballesteros won the Order of Merit six times during his career, including three in a row between 1976-1978.
1979-1980 - Sandy Lyle
Sandy Lyle was the first Scotsman to be crowned the Order of Merit champion winning it back-to-back in 1979 and 1980.
1981 - Bernhard Langer
German Bernhard Langer burst onto the scene in the 1980’s and was crowned the winner in 1981, aged 24.
1982 - Greg Norman
Australian golfer Greg Norman won 88 professional titles during his career, winning the Order of Merit once back in 1982.
1983 - Nick Faldo
A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Sir Nick Faldo claimed the Order of Merit title for the first time in 1983, at the age of 26.
1984 - Bernhard Langer
Three years after his original triumph, Bernhard Langer claimed the Order of Merit for a second and final time in 1984.
1985 - Sandy Lyle
After back-to-back victories in 1979 and 1980, Sandy Lyle claimed his third and final Order of Merit crown in 1985.
1986 - Seve Ballesteros
Seven years after his third triumph, Seve Ballesteros claimed his fourth Order of Merit title in 1986 after a dominant year.
1987 - Ian Woosnam
Welshman Ian Woosnam claimed his first Order of Merit title in 1987, receiving the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year for his efforts.
1988 - Seve Ballesteros
Woosnam and Ballesteros’ battle for the Order of Merit title swayed back and forth in the 80’s with the Spaniard claiming the title back in 1988.
1989 - Ronan Rafferty
In between Ian Woosnam’s and Seve Ballesteros’ rivalry, Ronan Rafferty became the first Northern Irishman to claim the title in 1989.
1990 - Ian Woosnam
The Welshman, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017, claimed his second and final Order of Merit title in 1990 at the age of 32.
1991 - Seve Ballesteros
The Spaniard claimed his sixth and final Order of Merit title in 1991, with the next decade dominated by British golfers.
1992 - Nick Faldo
Six-time major winner Nick Faldo claimed his second and final crown in 1992, the same year he won The Open Championship.
1993-1999 - Colin Montgomerie
Scotsman Colin Montgomerie was crowned champion for a remarkable seven years in a row between 1993-1999 and went on to win it again in the 2000’s.
2000 - Lee Westwood
Despite never winning a major, Englishman Lee Westwood has been crowned the Order of Merit winner twice in his career, with the first coming in 2000.
2001-2002 - Retief Goosen
Two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen claimed the accolade twice in his career, with the South African winning the award in 2001 and 2002.
2003-2004 - Ernie Els
Following on from fellow South African Retief Goosen, Ernie Els also won the title in consecutive years in 2003 and 2004.
2005 - Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie claimed the title for an eighth time in 2005, which proved to be his last.
2006 - Padraig Harington
Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win the accolade in 2006 and to this day remains the only Irishman to achieve the feat.
2007 - Justin Rose
Justin Rose’s only victory on the Order of Merit and the Race to Dubai came back in 2007, at the age of 27.
2008 - Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson became the first Swede to win the Order of Merit in its final year, before the name change to the Race to Dubai.
2009 - Lee Westwood
After claiming the Order of Merit in 2000, Lee Westwood won the inaugural Race to Dubai, pipping rival and fellow Englishman Luke Donald.
2010 - Martin Kaymer
German Martin Kaymer won his first and only Race to Dubai crown in 2010, capping off a memorable year which included his first major championship.
2011 - Luke Donald
After narrowly missing out in 2009, Englishman Luke Donald reached the world number one spot in 2011, with four victories in a remarkable year.
2012 - Rory McIlroy
2012 was a hugely impressive year for Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman won five times, including a major championship, which resulted in him being crowned Race to Dubai champion for the first time.
2013 - Henrik Stenson
Known for his solid all-round game, Swede Henrik Stenson managed to claim the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai title in 2013, becoming the only man to ever do so in the process.
2014-2015 - Rory McIlroy
Arguably the best golf he has ever played, Rory McIlroy claimed back-to-back Race to Dubai titles in 2014 and 2015, winning six titles across the two years.
2016 - Henrik Stenson
Following Rory McIlroy’s dominance, Henrik Stenson returned to number one in 2016 after a stellar year on the course, where the Swede lifted the Claret Jug
2017 - Tommy Fleetwood
After a superb break-out year, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was crowned Race to Dubai champion. Fleetwood recorded two victories, as well as finishing fourth in the US Open.
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