Fitzpatrick cracks OWGR top 30 with Dubai win

Matt Fitzpatrick

A season-ending win vaulted Matthew Fitzpatrick to a career-best spot in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Fitzpatrick birdied the final hole Sunday to win the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship, a victory that helped the Englishman move from No. 51 to No. 29 in the world. The man he beat in Dubai, Tyrrell Hatton, jumped from No. 33 to No. 24 after his runner-up result.

The rankings were delayed a day because of the conclusion of the RSM Classic, which bled into Monday. There Mackenzie Hughes won a five-man playoff on the third extra hole, and the Canadian surged from 287th to 110th after his first career PGA Tour victory.

Runner-up Billy Horschel moved up six spots to No. 70 while Blayne Barber, Camilo Villegas and Henrik Norlander all remained outside the top 200 after their second-place finishes.

The only change among the top 20 came when Brooks Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan by one shot, bumping the American up four spots to No. 17. Runner-up Yuta Ikeda went from No. 55 to No. 44.

The top 10 remained unchanged despite Jordan Spieth winning the Australian Open for the second time in the last three years. Jason Day is still world No. 1, followed by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Spieth. Hideki Matsuyama remains No. 6, with Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Alex Noren and Bubba Watson rounding out the top 10.