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OWGR Snapshot: Knox into Top 20

Russell Knox
Russell Knox won his second PGA Tour event and climbed to his highest world ranking.

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

After winning the Travelers Championship for his second PGA Tour victory of the 2015-16 season, 31-year-old Russell Knox (SCOT) jumped eight spots to No. 18 and the best ranking of his career.

The top movers in the Top 50 were No. 31 Justin Thomas (U.S.) and No. 40 Alex Norén (SWE), who advanced 10 places each.

The movement that came closest to the top spot was a swap by Adam Scott (AUS), who now is No. 7, and Rickie Fowler (U.S.), who fell one position to No. 8.

With his 20th consecutive week in the No. 1 spot, Jason Day (AUS) now has matched the longest streak achieved by the man he replaced, current No. 3 Jordan Spieth (U.S.).

Seve Ballesteros (SPAIN) had two 20-week reigns at the top. The first came from April to September in 1986, when he took the No. 1 spot from Bernhard Langer (W. GER),  who held it for the first three weeks in the history of the ranking. The other came from April to August in 1989, Ballesteros’ final stint at No. 1.

Including his two other short periods at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a combined 24 weeks, a total that is two weeks short of Spieth’s accumulation. Surpassing Spieth will place Day among the top 10 golfers who have held the No. 1 position since the ranking began in 1986.

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. 10 Grace (S. AFR.), holding previous best from last week

No. 18 Knox (SCOT)

No. 40 Norén (SWE)

Also rising

No. 7 Scott (AUS)

No. 15 Brooks Koepka (U.S.), up two spots from No. 17

No. 31 Thomas (U.S.)

No. 46 Marc Leishman (AUS), up two spots from No. 48

No. 51 Tyrell Hatton (ENG), up one spot from No. 52

No. 101 Jerry Kelly (U.S.), up 93 spots from No. 194

No. 115 Wesley Bryan (U.S.), up 48 spots from No. 163

No. 118 Patrick Rodgers (U.S.), up 42 spots from No. 160

No. 135 Jon Rahm (SPAIN), up eight spots from No. 143

No. 137 Anthony Wall (ENG), up 97 spots from No. 234

Trending downward

No. 43 Thongchai Jaidee (THAI), down four spots from No. 39

Notable anniversaries

No. 4 Rory McIlroy (N. IRL), seven years in the Top 25

No. 2 Dustin Johnson (U.S.), six years in the Top 25

No. 11 Sergio García (SPAIN), four years in the Top 25

No. 10 Branden Grace (S. AFR), one year in the Top 25


No. 6 Bubba Watson (U.S.), six years in the Top 50

No. 11 García (SPAIN), five years in the Top 50

No. 3 Spieth (U.S.), three years in the Top 50

Top 50 scorecard, by nation

22-United States


3-Australia, South Africa

2- Sweden, Spain, South Korea

1-Northern Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Ireland, Argentina, Thailand, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany

Happy Birthday …

… to Darren Clarke (N. IRL), winner of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England, who turns 48 on Sunday.


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