After winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday afternoon, Australia’s Lucas Herbert has moved up to 2nd on the Race to Dubai leaderboard.
Lucas Herbert won in a playoff on Sunday afternoon, getting the better of Christiaan Bezuidenhout on the second extra hole, with the South African also making a move inside the top ten in the standings. The Australian moves up to 2nd on the Race to Dubai standings following his victory at Emirates Golf Club and is now behind only Lee Westwood.
The Englishman won for the 25th time on the European Tour, and with the victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, the 46-year-old became the first player to win on the Tour in four different decades.
He now holds a 450 point lead over Herbert in the standings, after he finished just inside the top 50, adding 18 points to his total tally.
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England’s Tommy Fleetwood sits in 3rd, with the majority of his points coming from a runners-up finish in Abu Dhabi, followed by a T11 result in Dubai this week.
Victor Perez is 4th after the Frenchman joined Fleetwood in a tie for 2nd at the first Rolex Series event of the season a week ago. After a poor final round at the ODDC, Perez dropped down to T16, which is why he is now 16 points behind the Englishman on the Race to Dubai leaderboard.
The man in 5th place is Branden Grace, who did sit at the top of the Race to Dubai standings following his victory at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen sits in 6th spot, having finished 2nd to Grace at last week’s South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg, followed by a 5th place result in Abu Dhabi.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was the third man to finish as a joint runner-up in at the first Rolex Series event of the season, but he has now dropped to 7th spot on the Race to Dubai list.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, the South African who finished 2nd at this week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic after missing out in the playoff to Herbert, now sits in 8th spot, having climbed up 71 places in the standings.
In 9th is Pablo Larrazabal, who took the victory at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship, picking up 460 points for his troubles.
Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard sits in 10th spot, having featured in more events than any other member of the top ten. The third-youngest player to ever win on the Tour has appeared at four tournaments, with glory coming at the AFRASIA BANK Mauritius Open, where he won out in a three-man playoff.
The next event on the European Tour is the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, with the likes of Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau joining the regular cast of players for the third installment of the ‘desert swing’, with action getting started on Thursday morning.
Race to Dubai Top Ten:
- (-): Lee Westwood (ENG) – 1,183.2
- (+117): Lucas Herbert (AUS) – 731.3
- (-): Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) – 592.0
- (-1): Victor Perez (FRA) – 576.0
- (-3): Branden Grace (RSA) – 565.3
- (-): Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) – 564.2
- (-4): Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) – 545.6
- (+71): Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) – 515.5
- (-2): Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) – 460.0
- (-2): Rasmus Højgaard (DEN) – 347.9
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