In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
The most dramatic movements this week took place away from the top of the ranking. With his victory at the RBC Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) climbed to No. 86, his first appearance in the top 100 since he held the No. 99 position on Nov. 6, 2011. And rookie Jon Rahm (SPAIN), a professional only since last month, moved from No. 278 to No. 142 on the strength of his T2 finish in Canada.
A two-spot jump by Brandt Snedeker (U.S.), from No. 23 to No. 21, represented the closest movement of any golfer toward the top.
Jason Day (AUS) holds the No. 1 ranking for the 18th consecutive week. That run is tied with that of countryman Greg Norman (AUS), from September 1997 until January 1998, which was the last of the 11 stints in which Norman held the top spot.
Day and Norman now share the 18th-longest streak in the history of the ranking, which began in 1986.
Including his two other short periods at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a total of 22 weeks. That total is tied with that of Lee Westwood (ENG) as the 11th-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. 25 Scott Piercy (U.S.), up one spot from No. 26 in returning to his previous best from two weeks earlier
No. 27 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (SPAIN), up one spot from No. 28
No. 21 Snedeker (U.S.)
No. 37 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), up three spots from No. 40
No. 86 Vegas (VEN), up 117 spots from No. 203
No. 125 Alex Čejka (GER), up 23 spots from No. 148
No. 134 Martin Laird (SCOT), up 88 spots from No. 222
No. 142 Rahm (SPAIN)
No. 39 Lee Westwood (ENG), down two spots from No. 37
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, Sweden, South Africa
2- Spain, South Korea
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Thailand, Argentina, New Zealand, Denmark
Happy Birthday …
… to Wayne Grady (AUS), winner of the 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek in Alabama, who turned 59 on Tuesday;
… to No. 3 Jordan Spieth (U.S.), winner of the 2015 Masters and the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington, who turned 23 on Wednesday;
… and to No. 11 Justin Rose (ENG), winner of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion in Pennsylvania, who turns 36 on Saturday.
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