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OWGR Snapshot: Knost is Rising

Colt Knost walks off the 16th tee during the second round of the 2016 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

Jason Day (AUS)  holds the No. 1 ranking for the eighth consecutive week, strengthening his grip on the top spot with his Players Championship victory.

Including two short stints at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a total of 12 weeks. It is the 14th-highest total of weeks in the top spot since the OWGR began in 1986.

Colt Knost entered the Players Championship ranked No. 184, but a third-place tie boosted him 70 spots to No. 114. Knost has been trending in the right direction this season, making 15 of 16 cuts, although the Players was his first top-10 finish.

Jeunghun Wang has won European Tour events in consecutive weeks and seen his rank climb from 133rd to 70th during the fortnight.

New in the Top 50

No. 33 Kevin Chappell (US), up 31 spots from No. 64

Out of the Top 50

No. 55 Chris Kirk (US), down five spots 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. 27 Justin Thomas (US), up 11 spots from No. 38

No. 33 Chappell (US)

No. 41 Daniel Berger (US), up four spots from No. 45

Also rising

No. 23 Matt Kuchar (US), up seven spots from No. 30

No. 28 Russell Knox (SCOT), up three spots from No. 31

No. 54 James Hahn (US), up one spot from No. 55

No. 70 Jeunghun Wang (S. KOR.), up 18 spots from No. 88

No. 72 Francesco Molinari (ITALY), up 14 spots from No. 86

No. 95 Cameron Tringale (US), up seven spots from No. 102

No. 114 Colt Knost (US), up 70 spots from No. 184

Trending downward

No. 31 Bill Haas (US), down four spots from No. 27

No. 32 Jimmy Walker (US), down four spots from No. 28

Notable anniversaries

No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama (JAPAN), two years in the top 25

No. 50 Thongchai Jaidee (THAI), one year in the top 50

Top 50 scorecard, by nation

22-United States


3-Australia, South Africa

2-Sweden, Spain, South Korea, Thailand

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

Happy Birthday …

… to No. 40 Søren Kjeldsen (DEN), who turned 41 Tuesday

… to No. 36 Andy Sullivan (ENG), who turns 29 on Thursday

… to No. 11 Branden Grace (S. AFR.), who turns 28 on Friday

… to Stewart Cink (US), winner of the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, who turns 43 on Saturday


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