A win at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship has moved Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy into the top spot in Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, after weekend action.
McIlroy fired a final round 66 to take the title and jump 22 spots in this week’s ranking, from 23rd to 1st. The former #1 ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, closed the gap on World number one Jordan Spieth and #2 Jason Day, making it a tight three-way race at the top of the World List and setting up an interesting stretch heading into 2016’s first major in Augusta in April.
Reed Moves to Number Two
On the Razzball index, the 26-year old has a lead of over 400 points over American Patrick Reed, who moves up one spot in the rankings to #2. Reed has five consecutive Top 10 finishes since the PGA Tour Championship, including a T10 in Dubai.
Another young European, Matthew Fitzpatrick of England moves from 5th to 3rd after his fourth place finish in Dubai. Russell Knox, last week’s Fantasy Golf Rankings leader drops to fourth, while RSM Classic champion Kevin Kisner jumps six places to #5, after recording his first career tour win on the weekend.
Euros Make Big Moves
Other big movers after strong showings at the European Tour finale included Englisman Andy Sullivan, who exploded from 39th to 7th after his runner-up to McIlroy, Sullivan’s countryman Danny Willett (17 to 8), South African Branden Grace (31 to 10) and Korea’s Byeong-Hun An (22-11).
Rounding out the top 10 for this week are Justin Rose of England who falls to 6th from #4 and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who stumbles 9 to 2.
The Rankings Methodology
Razzball’s Fantasy Golf Rankings are compiled using a rolling 10-tournament window from both the PGA and European Tours, with the most recent events weighted more heavily. Bonus points are awarded for top tier events like the FedEx Cup Playoffs, European Tour Championship and World Golf Championships, with the most points up for grabs during the four majors and the Players Championship.
The rankings are published every week during the, now never-ending, golf season.
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