Strong European showing at WGC-Mexico Championship
Europeans Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm all finished inside the top ten at the WGC-Mexico Championship to strengthen their positions in the European Ryder Cup Points Race.
Rahm finished highest of the European contingency after he raced into contention on Saturday following a round of 61, the lowest 18 hole score of his career, and a new tournament record.
A final round of 67 saw the six-time European Tour winner finish three shots behind eventual champion Patrick Reed to maintain his second place spot on the European Points List.
One place back in solo fifth position in Mexico was World Number One Rory McIlroy at 14 under par, with Englishman Hatton finishing in a respectable tie for sixth place in his first tournament since the season-ending DP World Tour Championship after undergoing wrist surgery.
Both players moved up the rankings, with McIlroy jumping to third on the European Points List with 2,679.44 points, whereas Hatton moved into the third place on the World Points List with 78.55 points.
Elsewhere, there was a breakthrough victory for Viktor Hovland at the Puerto Rico Open as he became the first ever Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour. The 22-year-old remains 20th on the World Points List with 39.89 points.
As it stands, Tommy Fleetwood (3,927.41), Rahm (3,747.50), McIlroy (2,679.44) and Victor Perez (2,669.95) make up the four qualifiers from the European Points List.
Danny Willett (88.19), Matthew Fitzpatrick (82.20), Hatton (78.55), Bernd Wiesberger (73.75) and Graeme McDowell (70.33) make up the following five players currently qualifying on the World Points List.
The qualification period for Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team began at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship and will conclude at the same event in September 2020.