The RSM Classic brought about a collective rise of 540 places for the four players involved in Monday morning’s play-off.

The winner of the play-off, rookie Mackenzie Hughes has seen his position in the rankings over halve as he soars 177 places to 110th.


His play-off rivals Camillo Villegas, who jumped from 424th to 286th, Henrik Norlander, 441st to 279th, and Blayne Barber, 268th to 205th, all experienced a similar meteoric rise.

The DP World Tour Championship in Dubai brought an end to the European Tour season, and Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in style – winning at 17-under-par. His win sees him make the world’s top 30 at 29th, having been 51st at the start of the event.


Fitzpatrick’s compatriot, Tyrrell Hatton, finished outright in second which also moves him into the top 30, from 33rd up to 24th.

There’s been no change in the top 16 after steady performances from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren and Danny Willett in Dubai.

Jordan Spieth is also amongst the unmoved; he remains in fifth, despite his play-off victory in the Emirates Australian Open.

After winning the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament on the Japan Golf Tour, Brooks Koepka does threaten the unwavering top 16, however, as the American moves up four places to 17th.


The highest profile event this week, the World Cup of Golf, will offer inviting amounts of points to a limited 56-man field aiming to improve their world ranking position.

The complete world rankings can be found here.

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