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OWGR Snapshot: Stenson Into Top Four

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Henrik Stenson of Sweden reacts on the 18th green during the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

Four weeks after moving to No. 5 with an Open Championship victory, Henrik Stenson (SWE) jumped to No. 4 in the world on the strength of his silver medal performance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Stenson, who has placed as high as No. 2 in the world (April 5, 2015), reached No. for the first time since May 31, 2015.

Rory McIlroy (N. IRL) was displaced one spot to No. 5 by Stenson’s advance.

Gold medal-winning Justin Rose (ENG) leaped to No. 9 with his victory, his first top-10 appearance since June 26. Danny Willett (ENG) dropped one position to No. 10. And Branden Grace (S. AFR.) moved down one to No. 11 after a two-week stay in the top 10.

The reign of Jason Day (AUS) at No. 1 now stands at 21 weeks, the 16th-longest streak in the history of the ranking, which began in 1986.

Including two other short periods at No. 1 last autumn, Day now has topped the ranking for a combined 25 weeks. That total is one week short of the longest run in the top spot by Jordan Spieth (U.S.). Surpassing Spieth will place Day among the top 10 golfers who have held the No. 1 position in terms of total weeks at the top.

Further down the ranking, No. 50 Ryan Moore (U.S.) jumped nine positions with his John Deere Classic victory to return to the Top 50 for the first time since May 29.

New in the Top 50
No. 50 Moore, up nine spots from No. 59

Out of the Top 50
No. 51 K.T. Kim, down two spots from No. 49

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. 27 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (SPAIN), up two spots from No. 29, matching the position he held three weeks ago
No. 40 Alex Norén (SWE), holding previous best from last week

Also rising:
No. 15 Matt Kuchar (U.S.), up five spots from No. 20
No. 32 Byeong Hun An (S. KOR), up three spots from No. 35
No. 35 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), up four spots from No. 39
No. 81 Rikard Karlberg (SWE), up five spots from No. 86
No. 105 Ben Martin (U.S.), up 29 spots from No. 134

Trending downward:
No. 36 Shane Lowry (IRL), down four spots from No. 32

Top 50 scorecard, by nation:
23-United States
3-Australia, South Africa
2- Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Scotland, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Ireland, Thailand, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany

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