2022 DP World Tour Championship Rankings: Jon Rahm Decides to Maintain Small Lead Over Matt Fitzpatrick

For the first time in a week, a new man takes the top spot in the 2022 DP World Tour Championship. Former world number one Jon Rahm was nothing short of brilliant en route to a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Saturday around Jumeirah Golf Estates. For the second day in a row, the Spaniard made seven birdies and slowly worked his way to 15 under and has one. one stroke ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick.

With four birdies in his opening eight holes, there were moments of unease on the tough par-4 ninth. Rahm, who bogeyed the opening two days on this hole, was forced out of trouble before converting a momentum-saving par putt from just 15 feet. Rahm added three birdies on his inside half to become the first man to win the DP World Tour Championship three times.

“I don’t think I could have shot lower today,” Rahm said. “I maximized the round. It wasn’t my best off the tee, but I was able to get a couple of birdies out of some not-so-good situations. I didn’t hit any of the fairways on the par-fives and still went 3-under.” few. Hopefully I’ll come in tomorrow and be a little bit better on the tee and still maintain a good iron game and good putting.”

First-round and 36-hole leader Fitzpatrick will certainly put some pressure on as the Englishman will be in contention for both the DP World Tour Championship and the full season event. At 14 under, he is in the precarious position of trailing not only Rahm but Rory McIlroy as the world number one is tipped to win the Harry Vardon Trophy after his round of 7-under 65.

“Something I’ve learned massively this year is to be more patient,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m not the best at it. I’ve probably gotten that much better since Billy told me.” [Foster, his caddie] in April. So I think that was a big thing for me, just being patient and knowing that I was playing good golf. I’m feeling really good with my irons this week and that’s been a big, big change and a big step forward in the last couple of months. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“It would mean the world [to win the DP World Tour Rankings]. I’m going to need a lot of things going my way,” Fitzpatrick added. “I feel like this…it could be the third win here and if it happens it could be three times I haven’t won. [the DP World Tour Rankings].”

McIlroy started his second round in shaky fashion as two bogeys put him for eagle in his first three holes. The Northern Irishman birdied seven of his last 14 holes to return to pole position in the year-long race before the final 18 holes. McIlroy will attempt to join Henrik Stenson as the only men to win titles on both the DP World Tour and PGA Tour in the same year.

Round 3 standings, scores

  • 1. Jon Rahm: -15
  • 2. Matt Fitzpatrick: -14
  • 3. Alex Noren: -13
  • T4. Rory McIlroy: -12
  • T4. Tyrrell Hatton: -12
  • T6. Tommy Fleetwood: -10
  • T6. Adrian Meronk: -10
  • 8. Jorge Campillo: -9
  • T9. Maximilian Kieffer: -8
  • T9. Kurt Kitayama: -8

DP World Tour Standings in the air heading into the final day

During the week, only seven players managed to win the DP World Tour Rankings. Through three rounds, that number is likely down to just two as Fitzpatrick and McIlroy compete for the crown all season long. After leading the first two days, Fitzpatrick should have taken the title, but the four-time major champion got revenge with rounds of 68-65. Here are the scenarios for each player heading into the crucial final round.

  • Rory McIlroy: If he wins or finishes ahead of the other six, he wins the season-long race
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: Must finish in the top two and have McIlroy finish worse than seventh

“It’s really cool, I’ve come to this stage of the game over 15 years as a professional and I’m still trying to do things for the first time,” McIlroy said. “I’ve never won the FedExCup and this tour ranking in the same year, so that would be really nice. It’s been an amazing year. I’ve been playing really, really great golf and really consistent golf. If I can go out there tomorrow and score well and get the job done , it would be a really nice way to end what has been a great year.”

2022 DP World Tour Championship updated odds and tips

  • Jon Rahm: 11/10
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: 14/5
  • Rory McIlroy: 9/2
  • Alex Noren: 9-1
  • Tyrrell Hatton: 12-1

For those unfamiliar with the DP World Tour rankings, it resembles the old Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. Rahm, Noren and Hatton have no chance of winning the season-long crown, while Fitzpatrick and McIlroy will carry the pressure to claim victory in both the tournament and the DP World Tour Rankings. Since these odds are strictly for the DP World Tour Championship, Rahm looks like the fairest price and remains our pick to win.

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