Matt Fitzpatrick, fresh off a Ryder Cup victory a week ago, outlasted other DP World Tour players and Mother Nature on his way to a victory at the 2023 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.
Play on both Saturday and Sunday was washed away, meaning that the pro-am would wrap up on Monday after just three rounds of play.
Fitzpatrick was the 36-hole leader and wound up victorious after shooting a 66 at the historic Old Course at St. Andrews on Monday. It was his second worldwide win of 2023 (PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage in April) and is his first DPWT title since winning the Andalusia Masters in the fall of 2021.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Fitzpatrick said. “Winning at St. Andrews; it’s just a very special place. Winning is difficult. I had a chance a few weeks ago in Switzerland, and that one hurt a lot. I felt like I had been playing better than I had in the summer.”
Win No. 9 on the DP World Tour was also a special one for the 2022 U.S. Open champion because he and his mother, Susan, won the pro-am portion of the event.
“We played last year and didn’t quite play so well, and this year, she’s played fantastic, and I played really solid as well. You just couldn’t ask for a better week,” said Fitzpatrick, who became the second player (Padraig Harrington) to win both the individual tournament and pro-am portions of this event.
Even though mother and son had to wait an extra day to close out the win, they were not seriously challenged on Monday. Excellent scoring conditions left Fitzpatrick with a -19 for the tournament. Ryan Fox’s winning score over four rounds last year was -15.
Fitzpatrick won by three strokes over Fox, Matthew Southgate, and Marcus Armitage.
Fox has moved up to third in the Race to Dubai rankings after logging his third podium finish in his last four starts. He won the 2023 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three weeks ago.
The event was originally scheduled to play a round each at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns. After a 54-hole cut, the final round was to take place at St. Andrews.
Since Monday’s play was round three, golfers were still scattered among the three venues. Sebastian Soderberg had the low score of the day, carding a 62 at Kingsbarns. He finished in fifth at -15.
There was a four-way tie for sixth among Nicolas Colsaerts, Matthieu Pavon, Sami Valimaki, and Matt Wallace. Scotsman Grant Forrest was among a four-way tie for 10th.
The Open de Espana, Spain’s national golf championship, is next on the DP World Tour schedule. Jon Rahm is the defending champion and also won this event in 2021. He will be in Madrid to defend his title against the likes of Victor Perez, Thriston Lawrence, Pablo Larrazabal, and Jorge Campillo.