Julian Suri stumbled early, fought back and in the end came up three strokes shy in the DP World Championship, the European PGA Tour’s season-ending tournament and the final leg of the Race to Dubai.
The Bartram Trail High graduate shot his fourth consecutive 68 on Sunday at Jumeirah Estates in the United Arab Emirates, and tied for eighth with Tyrell Hatton at 16-under-par 272.
Jon Rahm fired a bogey-free 67 to win the tournament at 19-under 269, one shot over Shane Lowry (63) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67). Sergio Garcia (65) and Justin Rose (70) tied for fourth.
Rahm was earlier named the European PGA Tour’s rookie of the year. Tommy Fleetwood tied for 21st but clinched the European Tour Order of Merit.
Suri earned $204,501, based on the Euro exchange rate. He also rose to 52nd on the final European Tour Order of Merit with $999,449 after entering the final two events on the Rolex series in 71st place. He needed to reach the top-60 to qualify for Dubai and sealed that with a tie for eighth in Turkey.
Suri also will improve on his World Golf ranking of 95th, when the index is updated on Monday.
Suri began the final round three shots behind Rose, the 54-hole leader. Suri made two early bogeys, at Nos. 4 and 5, but then began a streak of six birdies in nine holes at the seventh.
Suri ends his rookie season with 27 starts in 16 countries. He recorded eight top-10s and won a European Challenge Tour event in the Czech Republic and a European Tour event in Denmark.
He has full European Tour status for next season after coming one shot away from his card at least year’s qualifying tournament. Suri also could begin getting sponsor invitations on the PGA Tour now that he will start the next season ranked inside the top-100 in the world.
Suri lives in St. Augustine and plays out of the Golf Club of South Hampton. He is a two-time Florida state high school champion, in 2007 and 2008, and was named the Times-Union’s First Coast player of the year both years. He played college golf at Duke.