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OWGR Snapshot: Rory to No. 2, Kaufman Enters Top 50

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters. Picture Supplied by Action Images.

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

Heading into the defense of his title at the Valspar Championship, Jordan Spieth (US) holds the No. 1 spot for an 18th consecutive week, the longest streak of his career.

He is tied with Greg Norman (Sept. 7, 1997 to Jan. 10, 1998, in Norman’s final reign at No. 1) for the 18th-longest streak since the ranking began in 1986.

Spieth also had three previous short stints as the top player in the world in 2015, and has been No. 1 for a total of 24 weeks in his career. It is the 10th highest total weeks spent at No. 1.


New in the Top 50

No. 49 Smylie Kaufman (US), up from No. 65


Out of the Top 50

No. 51 Jaco van Zyl (S. AFR.), down from No. 49


Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point

No. 1 Spieth (US)

No. 11 Danny Willett (ENG), up four spots from No. 15

No. 34 Danny Lee (NZ), up one spot from No. 35

No. 49 Kaufman (US)


Also rising

No. 2 Rory McIlroy (N.IRL), up one spot from No. 3

No. 6 Adam Scott (AUS), up three spots from No. 9

No. 17 Phil Mickelson (US), up four spots from No. 21

No. 25 Paul Casey (IRL), up five spots from No. 30

No. 53 Rafael Cabrera Bello (SPN), up eight spots from No. 61


Trending downward

No. 37 Thongchai Jaidee (THAI), down three spots from No. 34


Top 50 scorecard, by nation

21-United States


3-Australia, South Africa

2-Sweden, Thailand

1-Northern Ireland, Spain, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, Scotland, New Zealand, Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, India


Happy Birthday…

… to 1996 Open Championship winner and former No. 1 player Tom Lehman, who turned 57 on Monday

… to 1978 and 1985 U.S. Open winner Andy North, who turns 66 on Wednesday


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