Dylan Frittelli Player Profile And What's In The Bag
Dylan Frittelli won his first DP World Tour title in six years with a two-shot victory at the inaugural Bahrain Championship.
The South African finished two clear of Zander Lombard and Jesper Svensson on 13 under, shooting a final round 71. The 33-year-old's victory, his first since the 2017 Mauritius Open, comes after he considered retirement in 2023.
"Last year I was in a couple of spots where I thought I was giving the game up to be honest," he said. "It feels awesome to back on top right now.”
Frittelli, a previous winner on the DP World, PGA and European Challenge Tours, considered quitting the sport after missing the cut or withdrawing from 23 of his 27 starts on the PGA Tour last season.
"It's been a long road the past five or six years since I left the DP World Tour and went to the States," said Frittelli. "It was a pretty tough year last year. I found some resolve at the end of last year and got some good work from my physio and my coaches and trainers. I'm glad I persevered and all the support from family and friends has been well worth it.”
Frittelli, the world number 434, started the final day with a two-shot lead, having qualified for the tournament via a new exemption category on the DP World Tour. That advantage was wiped out, though, as he dropped two shots over the first 12 holes, but he responded with three birdies in the next four holes as he secured his victory.
He added: "I think it shows my mental toughness - it shows the focus I have and those things that you can't really quantify. I was swinging it great all week and then all of a sudden couldn't hit it on the planet on the Sunday round so I'm glad I managed to have the resolve.”
Dylan Frittelli was born on June 5, 1990 in Johannesburg.
He won the 2007 Junior World Golf Championship for boys aged 15 to 17.
He represented South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008 and 2010. Frittelli played college golf at the University of Texas, helping them to victory at the 2012 NCAA Championship. He represented South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008 and 2010.
Frittelli turned professional after the 2012 NCAA Championship and played on the DP World Tour via sponsors exemptions. He started 2013 with a second-place finish in the Telkom PGA Championship and played most of the year on the Challenge Tour, winning the Kamten Open.
Frittelli's performances lifted him into the world top-300 but he then struggled, plunging to 926 in the world rankings. He showed a return to form when losing a playoff at the Australian PGA in 2015. The following year he was second at the Zimbabwe Open and Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour and then claimed the Rolex Trophy, finishing eighth in the Race to Oman and claiming full playing rights on the DP World Tour for the 2017 season.
In 2017 a tie for second place in the Eye of Africa PGA and a playoff loss at the China Open lifted Frittelli into the world top-100 for the first time. In June 2017 he won his first DP World Tour event, the Lyoness Open. He was also runner-up at the Turkish Airlines Open and tied fourth at the DP World Tour Championship, finishing 19th in the Race to Dubai.
In December 2017, Frittelli won the Mauritius Open. The following year he played several PGA Tour events and qualified for the Web.com Tour finals, where he secured his PGA Tour card. By far his biggest success came in 2019 when he won the John Deere Classic, shooting 21 under par.
He had a miserable time on the PGA Tour in 2023, lost his card and returned to the DP World Tour.
The Bahrain Championship is his third DP World Tour win and takes him to eighth place in the Race to Dubai. In 152 starts on the PGA Tour, he has made the cut 78 times.
Bahrain Championship - 1st
Ras Al Khaimah Championship - T70th
Hero Dubai Desert Classic - T41st
Mauritius Open - CUT
Alfred Dunhill Championship - T20th
South African Open Championship - CUT
Joburg Open - T12th
The RSM Classic - CUT
Bermuda Championship - CUT
World Wide Technology Championship - CUT
Driving Distance - 303 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 46.99%
Greens in Regulation - 59.62%
Sand Saves - 38.93%
Putts Per Round - 28.58
2020 - 68
2021 - 111
2022 - 194
2023 - 436
Utility: Callaway X Forged UT ’21 (22°)
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB ’21, 5-9
Wedges: Callaway Apex TCB P, A, S; Callaway JAWS Mack Daddy 5 60°
Putter: Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled Eleven T S
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Tour X 360° Triple Track
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