Matthew Fitzpatrick delivered on the prodigious hype that has been doled out in his name since 2012, winning his first European Tour title on Sunday at the British Masters and rising to No. 59 in the world as a result, a leap of 52 spots.
What’s really amazing is that Fitzpatrick started the year ranked 413th. That’s a jump of 354 spots. The only player to have risen more on one of the two major tours this year is Sweden’s Alexander Noren, who has climbed from 653rd to 87th, a rise of 566 spots.
The top 17 spots remained the same as most elite players were either idle of competing in the Presidents Cup. Thus, No. 1 Jordan Spieth retained his position of second straight week and his sixth overall.
Fitzpatrick’s runner-up at the British Masters, Ireland’s Shane Lowry, rose three spots to No. 18.
Tiger Woods dropped another 10 spots to No. 321. He has fallen 289 spots since the beginning of 2015.