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OWGR Snapshot: Stuard, Li on the Move

Brian Stuard
Brian Stuard made big moves in the OWGR after his win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

Jason Day (AUS) holds the No. 1 ranking for a sixth consecutive week, after ending the 20-week reign of Jordan Spieth (US) back in March.

Spieth remains ranked No. 2, while Rory McIlroy is at No. 3 and considered the favorite to win this week’s Wells Fargo Championship

Including two previous brief stints at the top last autumn, Day now has been No. 1 for a total of 10 weeks. He is the 15th golfer to accrue a double-digit total of weeks in the top spot since the ranking began in 1986

The week’s big movers were the low-ranked winners of the PGA Tour and European Tour events.

Brian Stuard, ranked No. 513 a week ago, climbed 370 spots after his victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

China’s Li Haotong, at 20 years old, won the European Tour’s Volvo China Open and climbed from No. 237 to No. 131.

New in the Top 50

No. 48 K.T. Kim (S. KOR), up 12 spots from No. 60

Out of the Top 50

No. 53 Scott Piercy (US), down from No. 50

Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point

No. 1 Day (AUS)

No. 9 Danny Willett (ENG), holding previous best from last week

No. 24 Byeong-Hyun An (S. KOR), up seven spots and returning to position held in February

Also rising

No. 20 Phil Mickelson (US), up one spot from No. 21

No. 32 Charley Hoffman (US), up two spots from No. 34

No. 54 Patton Kizzire (US), up four spots from No. 58

No. 77 Jamie Lovemark (US), up 33 spots from No. 110

No. 99 Alex Norén (SWE), up eight spots from No. 107

No. 107 Hideto Tanihara (JAPAN), up 16 spots from No. 123

No. 131 Li Haotong (CHINA), up 106 spots from No. 237

No. 143 Brian Stuard (US), up 370 spots from No. 513

Trending downward

No. 21 Charl Schwartzel (S. AFR), down one spots from No. 20

Tiger Woods watch

No. 508 Woods (US), down nine spots from No. 499, falls out of the top 500 in the world for the first time since July 14, 1996

Notable anniversaries

No. 3 Rory McIlroy (N. IRL), two years in the top 10

No. 5 Rickie Fowler (US), one year in the top 10

Top 50 scorecard, by nation

22-United States


3-Australia, South Africa

2-Sweden, Spain, South Korea, Thailand

1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Argentina, New Zealand, Austria

Happy Birthday …

… to No. 18 Brooke Koepka (US), who turned 26 on Tuesday

… to No. 3 McIlroy, who turns 27 on Wednesday

… to Bob Tway (US), winner of the 1986 PGA Championship at Inverness Club in Ohio, who turns 58 on Wednesday


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