In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
With a major championship comes a major leap. Jimmy Walker (U.S.) reversed a steady three-month rankings slide and moved from No. 48 to No. 15 in the wake of his PGA Championship victory at Baltusrol.
Walker opened 2016 in the No. 26 position and fluctuated three or four spots from there in either direction until mid-April, when he began a slow descent to the bottom half of the top 50. But his one-stroke victory ahead of No. 1-ranked Jason Day (AUS) last Sunday brought him to within five spots of his career high (a No. 10 ranking last reached on April 5, 2014).
In other notable movements, Branden Grace (S. AFR.) returned to the Top 10 after a two-week absence, jumping up two spots from No. 12 and dropping Sergio García (SPAIN) and Justin Rose (ENG) down one spot each.
And Sweden lost one of its Top-50 golfers. David Lingmerth fell out as a result of the return to the Top 50 by Martin Kaymer (GER) who re-entered at No. 49. Kaymer, a former No. 1, had been ranked No. 50 on April 3.
Day holds the No. 1 ranking for the 19th consecutive week. That run is tied with one by Seve Ballesteros (SPAIN), from November 1988 until March 1989, as the 17th-longest 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 combined 23 weeks, the 11th-highest total of weeks on top.
New in the Top 50
No. 49 Kaymer, up two spots from No. 51
Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Lingmerth, down one spot from No. 50
Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (U.S.), holding previous best from last week
No. 9 Danny Willett (ENG), holding previous best from last week
No. 10 Grace
No. 38 William McGirt (U.S.), up eight spots from No. 46
No. 15 Walker, up 33 spots from No. 48
No. 53 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.), up 36 spots from No. 89
No. 124 Pádraig Harrington (IRL), up 26 spots from No. 150
No. 19 J.B. Holmes (U.S.) and No. 20 Matt Kuchar (U.S.), the highest-ranked among seven in the Top 50 to fall three spots this week
No. 5 Henrik Stenson (SWE), three years in the Top 10
No. 17 Brooks Koepka (U.S.), one year in the Top 20
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, South Africa
2- Sweden, Spain, South Korea
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Argentina, Thailand, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany
Happy Birthday …
… to Doug Ford (U.S.), winner of the 1957 Masters, who turns 94 on Saturday;
… and to No. 14 Patrick Reed (U.S.), who turns 26 on Friday.
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