Fitzpatrick jumps to 59th in world with win


Matthew Fitzpatrick is knocking on the door of golf's biggest events.

With his win at the British Masters, his first as a professional, the European Tour rookie jumped from 111th to 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking. At 21, he is the youngest player in the top 100.

Although the calendar cut-offs aren't for months, the Masters and the U.S. Open invite the 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, while the Open Championship includes the top 60. Likewise, the WGC-Cadillac, WGC-Bridgestone and The Players Championship fields include the top 50 players, while the WGC-Match Play comprises its bracket of the world's top 64. Fitzpatrick, who won the U.S. Amateur in 2013, was honored as low amateur at the 2013 British Open and 2014 U.S. Open.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

Sharing second place behind Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen both made moves of consquence, with Lowry, the WGC-Bridgestone champion, bumping to No. 18 for his highest career ranking, and Kjeldsen, who's finished inside the top 12 in five of his last six Euro Tour starts with two runner-ups, cracking the top 50 at 45th.

Former world No. 1 Luke Donald, who had to make last year's Open Championship via the Open Qualifying Series, finished tied for fifth and remains outside the top 60, at No. 63.

There was no change in the top 10, with Jordan Spieth leading the way over Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, dropped 10 spots to 321st.