With his victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, on Sunday, Tommy Fleetwood moved to No. 2 in the Race to Dubai, enhancing his prospect of adding a second season-long crown to the one he captured in 2017.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who finished T3 in the Nedbank tournament, maintained his position atop the rankings with this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on tap.
Spain’s Jon Rahm, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick round out the top five heading to Dubai. The top five players upon conclusion of the DP World Tour Championship will share a $5 million bonus pool, with $2 million going to the player atop the list. In addition, the tournament winner will earn $3 million, the biggest first-place check in world golf.
“There’s only a certain few, come the end of every year, that have a chance of winning the Race to Dubai and three years in I’ve been lucky to be one of those guys every time – I’ll give it my all,” said Fleetwood (above), who began last week ranked 10th. “At a young age now you have a chance to set your family up for life and I think of all my achievements that’s the thing I’m most proud of.”
Rory McIlroy, who did not play in South Africa, dropped to No. 6 in the rankings. McIlroy won WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai earlier this month.
The top 50 in the Race to Dubai advanced to the DP World Tour Championship. With T3 finishes in South Africa, Australia’s Jason Scrivener and Belgium’s Thomas Detry punched their tickets to Dubai.
Australia’s Scott Hend, who finished T48 at Sun City, was the last man in at No. 50. Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, who finished last at Sun City, and England’s Eddie Pepperell, who did not play, fell out of the top 50. And Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen fell just short of qualifying at No. 51 despite finishing T17 in the tournament.
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