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Rafa and Hatton jump up Race to Dubai rankings

Tied for third place finish at WGC in Mexico helps duo prosper most, while Sharma maintains lead

Staff Report
14:14 March 5, 2018

Naucalpan: Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello and England’s Tyrrell Hatton climbed up the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings with a tied for third finish in the World Golf Championships in Mexico on Sunday.

Both signed off with a final round of 67 to finish 15 under, one shot off a place in the playoff, which was won by Phil Mickelson, who beat Justin Thomas after both finished level on 16 under.

Hatton moved up to third from 16th in the Race to Dubai and Cabrera-Bello surged from 20th to fourth, after both earned 510,500 points.

Hatton had a terrific start to his final round with three birdies in his first four holes which gave him the lead in the first WGC event of the season but bogeys on nine and 11 dropped him back. The 26-year-old would then go four under in his next six holes to put him back in the mix but a bogey on the last meant he agonisingly missed out on the playoff and had to settle for tied third.

“I felt I played good, I’ve been in contention,” said the three-time European Tour winner. “Maybe one or two mistakes, but I mean, I by no means feel that I lost anything. I’ve kind of always been in the hunt, a couple, one or two a few back from the leaders.

Unfortunately, that’s how it’s going to finish. But overall pretty pleased. A very good performance.”

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat continued his fine form after a final round 65 left him tied-fifth on 13-under-par to help him achieve 330,500 Race to Dubai points. This means the Thai enters the Race to Dubai top-10 once again after climbing from 12th to 5th with 653,160 points.

Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia’s tied seventh finish saw him win 239,750 Race to Dubai points which leapfrogs the Spaniard from 87th to 16th with a season tally of 298,122.

Meanwhile Race to Dubai leader Indian Shubhankar Sharma retained top spot in the Race to Dubai Rankings after a debut WGC event saw him finish tied ninth which gained the Indian 182,000 Race to Dubai points to leave him on 930,073 points.

The European Tour’s Tshwane Open also took place over the weekend in South Africa with home favourite George Coetzee topping the event with a sublime 18 under par to win his fourth European Tour event.

The South African’s victory saw him win 166,425 Race to Dubai points and moved him from 69th to 20th in the Race to Dubai with 241,677 points.

Englishman Sam Horsfield finished two off the leader to claim second place and gain 115,500 Race to Dubai points moving him from 66th to 28th with a season’s tally of 193,407 points.

The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, open to the top 60 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings, takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 15-18.