In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
Chris Wood (ENG) said he felt “silly” approaching the 18th green Sunday with one sand wedge followed by another, instead of a single 6-iron. But after his miscues on the 17th hole, the safe play was prudent and helped him lock down the win at the BMW PGA Championship (click to read more). It was a huge victory and his resulting boost in the rankings (No. 22) solidifies his Ryder Cup position and puts the Olympics on the radar.
Harris English (US) finished runner-up to Jordan Spieth at the Dean & Deluca Invitational, and his season-best finish pushed him into the top 50.
Jason Day (AUS) holds the No. 1 ranking for the 10th consecutive week. Since the ranking began in 1986 he now is the 15th golfer to reach double digits with a streak in the top spot.
Including his two short stints at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a total of 14 weeks.
All spots in the top 10 remained steady for the seventh consecutive week since Danny Willett (ENG) entered at No. 9 following his victory in The Masters.
New in the Top 50
No. 22 Chris Wood (ENG), up 32 spots from No. 54
No. 49 Harris English (US), up 28 spots from No. 77
Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Thongchai Jaidee (THAI), down three spots from No. 48
No. 52 Billy Horschel (US), down five spots from No. 47
Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day (AUS)
No. 9 Willett (ENG), holding previous best from last week
No. 22 Wood (ENG)
No. 28 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (SPAIN), holding previous best from last week
No. 12 Patrick Reed (US), up one spot from No. 13
No. 18 Matt Kuchar (US), up two spots from No. 20
No. 37 K.T. Kim (S. KOR.), up five spots from No. 42
No. 48 David Lingmerth (SWE), up two spots from No. 50
No. 53 Martin Kaymer (GER), up five spots from No. 58
No. 54 Jaco Van Zyl (S. AFR.), up five spots from No. 59
No. 72 Rikard Karlberg (SWE), up 78 spots from No. 150
No. 79 Webb Simpson (US), up 16 spots from No. 95
No. 91 Tyrell Hatton (ENG), up 16 spots from No. 107
No. 40 Shane Lowry (IRL), down four spots from No. 36
No. 10 Justin Rose (ENG), six years in the top 50
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, South Africa
2-Sweden, Spain, South Korea
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, Austria, Thailand
Happy Birthday …
… to Craig Stadler (US), winner of The Masters in 1982, who turns 63 on Thursday
… to three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin (US), who turns 71 on Friday
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