In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
With a two–spot jump from No. 12, Sergio García (SPAIN) rejoins the top 10 for the first time since Sept. 20.
García used a T5 finish at last week’s Open Championship to make his move; he has been ranked as highly as No. 2 in the world, most recently on March 8, 2009.
Also of interest is the move of Open runner-up Phil Mickelson (USA) from No. 19 to No. 13, in that he now is one spot ahead of countryman Patrick Reed. Had the shift taken place a week earlier it could’ve affected the look of the United States’ Olympic team, which now includes Reed and not Mickelson.
Open champion Henrik Stenson (SWE) jumped one spot to No. 5, supplanting Bubba Watson (USA) there.
The big mover of the week, however, is Aaron Baddeley (AUS), who won the opposite-field Barbasol Championship in Alabama while the Open Championship was taking place. Baddeley rose 11 spots to No. 134, his highest ranking since 2012.
Jason Day (AUS) holds the No. 1 ranking for the 17th consecutive week. His run is tied with that of Lee Westwood (ENG) from October 2010 until February 2011, when Westwood first ascended to the top spot. They share the 19th-longest streak in the history of the ranking, which began in 1986.
Including his two short stints at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a total of 21 weeks. It is the 12th-highest compilation of weeks in the top position by a player.
New in the Top 50
Out of the Top 50
Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day (AUS)
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (U.S.), holding previous best from last week
No. 9 Danny Willett (ENG), holding previous best from last week
No. 27 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (SPAIN), up one spot from No. 28
No. 48 Alex Norén (SWE), up one spot from No. 49
No. 5 Stenson (SWE)
No. 13 Phil Mickelson (U.S.), up six spots from No. 19
No. 16 J. B. Holmes (U.S.), up eight spots from No. 24
No. 25 Russell Knox (SCOT), up one spot from No. 26
No. 40 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), up four spots from No. 44
No. 42 Søren Kjeldsen (DEN), up eight spots from No. 50
No. 51 Martin Kaymer (GER), up one spot from No. 52
No. 53 Gary Woodland (U.S.), up five spots from No. 58
No. 55 Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), up 13 spots from No. 68
No. 77 Tony Finau (U.S.), up six spots from No. 83
No. 86 Steve Stricker (U.S.), up 81 spots from No. 167
No. 89 Andrew Johnston (ENG), up 15 spots from No. 104
No. 118 Siwoo Kim (S. KOR), up 32 spots from No. 150
No. 134 Aaron Baddeley (AUS), up 111 spots from No. 245
No. 38 Daniel Berger (U.S.), down four spots from No. 42
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, Sweden, South Africa
2- Spain, South Korea
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Thailand, Argentina, Denmark, New Zealand
Happy Birthday …
… to World Golf Hall of Fame member Gene Littler (US), winner of the 1961 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in Michigan, who turns 86 on Thursday;
… to No. 50 David Lingmerth (SWE), who turns 29 on Friday;
… and to No. 43 Danny Lee (N.Z.), who turns 26 on Sunday.