Dubai: Matt Wallace has risen to the top of the Race to Dubai rankings for the first time this season after finishing tied 12th in the US Open at Pebble Beach, which was won by USA’s Gary Woodland.
England’s Wallace has been in tremendous form with seven top 20 finishes so far this season and he replaces Kevin Kisner at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings after earning 162 points and a cheque for €201,206 (Dh828,072).
Wallace finished in tied-second at the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates last year and has given himself a brilliant chance of being crowned the Race to Dubai champion for 2019 if he can continue this rich vein of form and produce another dazzling performance at the prestigious finale in Dubai.
Fellow Englishman Justin Rose again highlighted his penchant for the majors by getting into contention, eventually finishing in a share of third place to help him catapult up to 29th from 103rd in the rankings.
Joining him in third was the 2017 DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm, who has risen from 74th to 25th in the standings, and both he and Rose have all but secured their spot in the season’s final Rolex Series event where the top 50 players battle for the richest tournament prize in golf.