Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick receive DP World Tour Honorary Life Membership

Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick receive DP World Tour honours. 

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022
Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick receive DP World Tour Honorary Life Membership

Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick, the last two US Open champions, have been presented with Honorary Life Membership of the DP World Tour ahead of the 2022 season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

In 2021, Rahm became the first Spanish winner of the US Open as he triumphed at Torrey Pines, birdieing the final two holes to finish one stroke ahead of Louis Oosthuizen.

He returned to World No.1 with his victory and became just the fourth Spaniard to win a major championship. 

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Earlier this year, Fitzpatrick completed a fairy-tale triumph at The Country Club, Brookline, winning the US Open at the same venue he won the U.S. Amateur Championship nine years prior – joining Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win both Championships on the same course.

Keith Pelley, the CEO of the DP World Tour, presented the pair with their Honorary Life Membership cards ahead of the final Rolex Series event of 2022, becoming the 58th and 59th members to be conferred the honour.

"Jon and Matt’s achievements over the last two years were truly special and we are delighted to present them both with Honorary Life Membership of the DP World Tour," said Pelley.

"Jon assumed the status of an Honorary Life Member of our Tour immediately after his win at Torrey Pines but with him not being here in Dubai last year, we were unable to make the official presentation – I am delighted to be able to put that right this year, alongside recognising Matt for his own magical US Open moment in June.

"Jon’s victory was an incredible achievement, becoming the first Spaniard to win the US Open and just the fourth major winner from Spain. And for Matt to write his name alongside Jack Nicklaus in golf’s record books is something that few golfers in history can claim to do."

Rahm said: "To join the list of icons that have earned this, it is truly an honour. Any time you can write your name in history next to some of the greatest players that have accomplished this before me is very unique. To keep doing things like this, it is a true honour to represent Spain and an honour to receive this."

Fitzpatrick said: "I’ve been out on Tour seven or eight years now and I remember when Danny Willett received his and I thought at the time 'I’d love one of those’. When I found out that I’d be presented with Honorary Life Membership by Keith and the Tour I was truly honoured. I’m very grateful."

Full list of Tour Honorary Life Members:

1978 John Jacobs
1978 Bernard Hunt
1978 Dai Rees
1982 Peter Butler
1983 Seve Ballesteros
1983 Tony Jacklin
1985 Sir Henry Cotton
1985 Fred Daly
1985 Max Faulkner
1985 Bernhard Langer
1985 Sandy Lyle
1987 Sir Nick Faldo
1992 Ian Woosnam
1994 José María Olazábal
1995 Bob Charles
1995 Arnold Palmer
1995 Gary Player
1997 Colin Montgomerie
1998 Ernie Els
1999 Paul Lawrie
1999 Greg Norman
2001 Vijay Singh
2002 Retief Goosen
2003 Peter Alliss
2003 Bernard Gallacher
2004 Neil Coles
2004 Christy O’Connor
2004 John Panton
2005 Michael Campbell
2007 Angel Cabrera
2007 Padraig Harrington
2008 Trevor Immelman
2010 Martin Kaymer
2010 Graeme McDowell
2010 Louis Oosthuizen
2010 Tom Watson
2011 Darren Clarke
2011 Rory McIlroy
2011 Charl Schwartzel
2011 Lee Westwood
2012 Luke Donald
2012 Brian Huggett
2012 Tommy Horton
2012 Mark James
2012 Roger Chapman
2013 Dave Thomas
2013 Justin Rose
2014 Jack Nicklaus
2016 Peter Oosterhuis
2016 Danny Willett
2016 Henrik Stenson
2017 Sam Torrance
2017 Sergio Garcia
2018 Francesco Molinari
2019 Patrick Reed
2019 Shane Lowry
2021 Collin Morikawa
2021 Jon Rahm
2022 Matt Fitzpatrick

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