Rahm Roars to the summit
Jon Rahm leapt to the top of the Ryder Cup Points List after his dream Dubai double – sealing his second DP World Tour Championship, Dubai title and becoming just the second Spaniard – after his hero Seve Ballesteros – to be crowned European Number One.
The records kept tumbling for the 25-year-old as he topped the season long Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex with his third win of the season and his six European Tour victory in just his 40th start – the fastest player to that mark. He also became the first player to win four Rolex Series titles, with two victories at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2017 and 2019 adding to his double in Dubai.
Rahm moves to 3240 points, just ahead of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood on 3225.36, who maintained second place on the European Points List after finishing as runner up to Rahm at Jumeirah Golf Estates to add to his victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player the previous week.
A similarly strong end to the season for World Number Two Rory McIlroy (2298.44 points) sees the Northern Irishman move into third behind Fleetwood, as he added a fourth place finish in Dubai to his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in his last European Tour start.
Frenchman Victor Perez drops behind the leading trio but remains in a strong position in fourth place on the European Points list with 2031.24 points.
There is no change to the nine players in the automatic qualification positions, with McIlroy and Rahm moving across to the European List, while Turkish Airlines Open winner Tyrrell Hatton (64.45) and Bernd Wiesberger (61.71) - who finished the season in third position on the Race to Dubai -transfer to the World Points List, behind Danny Willett on 72.06 points.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (45.92) and Matthias Schwab (43.24) maintain their positions in the final two automatic qualifying spots.
After a fine season which saw him crowned Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year, Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre remains amongst the players on the bubble. Should he make Captain Padraig Harrington’s team, the 23-year-old would become the first Scot since Steven Gallacher in 2014 to compete in the biennial contest.