With his third win of 2017, at the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Jon Rahm has moved one place to fourth in the world rankings, within 0.3 points of the all-American top three.
The Spaniard began the year as world-number-137 but, after accumulating his maiden win at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open and two European Rolex Series’ wins since, now finds just Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas between himself and the top.Embed from Getty Images
As a result of Rahm’s climb, Hideki Matsuyama is knocked down to fifth, a position he has been above since March.
Rahm’s 19-under-par total was enough to see off Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 90th to 60th, and Shane Lowry, 85th to 58th, who take similar rises whilst South African duo Dylan Frittelli and Dean Burmester move from 78th to 68th and 161st to 126th respectively after finishing tied fourth. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, also tied fourth in Dubai, are unmoved in sixth and 11th.Embed from Getty Images
Tyrrell Hatton leapfrogs Alex Noren into 16th after his impressive form continued with an eighth consecutive top 20, having finished tied eighth at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Alongside Hatton in tied eighth was Julian Suri who moves from 95th to 80th.
Brooks Koepka made a rare trip to the Japan Golf Tour to successfully defend his Dunlop Phoenix Open title and the 27-year-old solidifies a place in the top 10th with a jump to seventh. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele was one of Koepka’s closest challengers in tied second and is up to his highest ever ranking of 24th from 29th.
On the PGA Tour Austin Cook rounded off a successful year with a four-shot victory at The RSM Classic in Georgia. His first win lifts him to an all time world ranking best of 144th from 302nd. J.J Spaun finished solo second, Brian Gay solo third and Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, Andrew Landry and Kevin Kisner shared fourth; Spaun is up 48 places to 116th, Gay 73 places to 191st, Harman two places to 25th, Kirk 19 places to 169th and Landry 26 places to 173rd whilst Kisner is actually down a place to 27th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
As quickly as one European Tour season ends, the next begins as the 2018 campaign tees off at the UBS Hong Kong Open this week. And it takes the golfing centre stage as there’s a one week hiatus from the PGA Tour.