Fantastic Frittelli reaches career-best ranking

Dylan Frittelli during the day 4 of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage Golf Club on December 03, 2017 in Bel Ombre, Mauritius. EDITOR'S NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

The 27-year-old South African confirmed his status as a rising star with a playoff win at the Mauritius Open.

South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli has rocketed to 55th in the latest world golf rankings released on Monday.

The 27-year-old won his second European Tour event on Sunday at the Mauritius Open – where he beat India’s Arjun Atwal on the first playoff hole.

After two events in the 2018 Race to Dubai moneylist, Frittelli finds himself in second place following his victory.

Frittelli, moved up 12 places from 67th to achieve his lofty ranking just outside the top-50 in the world.

Frittelli’s play in the last month has been phenomenal after dropping to 103rd in the world at the end of October.

His strong play included a second place finish at the Turkish Airlines Open at the beginning of November, before a share of fourth at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Frittelli notched up his maiden European Tour win in June at the Lyoness Open in Austria to break into the top-80 in the world for the first time.

He finished the 2017 European Tour season in 19th on the Race to Dubai moneylist, which also earned him the European Tour Graduate of the Year.

The Graduate of the Year trophy is awarded to the top-ranked player to have graduated from the European Challenge Tour the previous year and, while England’s Jordan Smith led the way for most of 2017, it was Frittelli’s performances in the season-ending Rolex Series tournaments which ultimately secured him the honour.

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