Rose was disappointed with his finish, but delighted for Fleetwood.

“I just feel I went a bit flat around the turn. I had opportunities around 10 and 11 and didn’t take those. I got a little bit out of my routine and a little distracted, had a poor shot on the par-5 and then it was a struggle from there on in. The shots on 13 and 14 were the undoing,” he said.

“Tommy, I’m pleased for him. He’s battled hard all year and put a good week in South Africa and had a great couple of comeback rounds this week to fight back and deserve it. He’s been leading all year and it’s good for him to finish it off.”

As other players struggled down the stretch, Rahm birdied the 14th and the tough 16th to take the lead for good.

“I was a little anxious before teeing off. I really wanted to win. I really wanted to finish strong,” said Rahm, who also won the PGA Tour event in Torrey Pines and is expected to climb up to fourth place in the world rankings on Monday in his first full season as a professional.