Henrik Stenson left it late to retain the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, finishing two strokes ahead of the chasing pack on 16 under par.
Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose, all part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team were tied for second on 14 under.
The Swede stumbled on the back nine with a tee shot out of bounds at the 11th leading to a double bogey. The error gave playing partner Rafael Cabrera-Bello a two-shot lead.
Cabrera-Bello blows up
However the Spaniard’s challenge fell apart. He found the water twice and hit two consecutive double bogeys on the 16th and 17th which opened it up to the rest of the field for a dramatic finale.
McIlroy, who guaranteed he would top the Race to Dubai standings earlier last week, and Rose both lost the opportunity to finish outright second with missed birdies on the 18th.
Rose hit one of the shots of the day with a birdie on the 15th, the first of three in a row but it wasn’t enough for the Englishman as he finished runner-up for the second time in three years.
Stenson remained patient throughout and followed up a brilliant tee shot on the 17th to set up an easy birdie and victory which ensures he stays second in the Race to Dubai standings.
"It feels great," Stenson told the BBC. "I'm exhausted to say the least.
"It was hot out there and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking hole on 11 which knocked me back, but I did not give up. I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen.”