Fleetwood chasing second Team Europe appearance
Tommy Fleetwood moved into second place on The Ryder Cup Points List after his play-off victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – a Rolex Series Event on the European Tour – despite starting the day six shots off the lead.
A closing round of 65, which included three eagles, was enough to force a play-off with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, who won his first European Tour title at the Betfred British Masters which was hosted by Fleetwood, in May at Hillside Golf Club.
A sensational up and down for par at the first extra hole of the play-off was enough for Fleetwood to pick up European Tour title number five.
The win sees the Englishman leapfrog a number of players on the European Ryder Cup Points List into second position with 1,890.36 points.
Victor Perez maintains the top spot on 1,899.84 points, with three-time winner this season Bernd Wiesberger (1,858.02) and Turkish Airlines Open champion Tyrrell Hatton (1,786.14) rounding up the top four spots.
For Kinhult, his narrow defeat in South Africa sees the 23-year-old move onto the bubble.
Should he qualify for the team, Kinhult would become the 11th Swedish golfer to represent Europe at a Ryder Cup, joining: Niclas Fasth, Pierre Fulke, Joakim Haeggman, Peter Hanson, Per-Ulrik Johansson, Robert Karlsson, Alex Noren, Jesper Parnevik, Jarmo Sandelin and Henrik Stenson.
Meanwhile, on the World Points List there was little change bar Matthew Fitzpatrick form seeing him move into the automatic places.
The Englishman recorded another top ten finish last week in South Africa and jumps ahead of Matthias Schwab.
As it stands, Rory McIlroy (94.00), Danny Willett (72.06), Jon Rahm (62.40), Fitzpatrick (45.92) and Schwab (43.24) sit inside the automatic places on the World Points List.
This week the European Tour heads to Dubai for the Race to Dubai finale at the DP World Tour Championship.