Jason Day (AUS.) retained the No. 1 position and now has topped the ranking for a 26 weeks in his career. That total matches Jordan Spieth (U.S.), whom Day replaced in March at No. 1, and is the 10th highest in the history of the ranking that began in 1986.
Day’s current run of consecutive weeks at No. 1 is at 22 weeks.
There were only minor adjustments otherwise in the top 50, highlighted by Sergio García (SPAIN) moving back to No. 11 at the expense of Branden Grace (S. AFR.), who fell back to No. 12.
And, on the verge of falling out of the Top 25, Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) used a T3 finish at last weekend’s Wyndham Championship to move up two spots to No. 23 as the FedEx Cup playoffs begin this week.
Well down the list, last week’s tournament champions made notable advances. Si Woo Kim (S. KOR.) advanced from No. 115 to No. 62 after winning the Wyndham, and 28-year-old Paul Peterson (U.S.) jumped to No. 180 (from No. 398) after taking the trophy at the European Tour’s D+D Real Czech Masters.
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. 26 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (SPAIN), up one spot from No. 27, improving after two short stints there
No. 39 Alex Norén (SWE.), up one spot from No. 40
No. 11 García (SPAIN), up one spot from No. 12
No. 16 Hideki Matsuyama (JAPAN), up four spots from No. 20
No. 23 Snedeker (U.S.)
No. 31 Kevin Na (U.S.), up three spots from No. 34
No. 44 Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG.), up four spots from No. 48
No. 54 Thomas Pieters (BELG.), up seven spots from No. 61
No. 62 Kim (S. KOR.)
No. 64 Luke Donald (ENG.), up 26 spots from No. 90
No. 70 Graeme McDowell (N. IRL.), up eight spots from No. 78
No. 180 Peterson (U.S.)
No. 47 Danny Lee (N.Z.), down two spots from No. 45
No. 1 Day (AUS.), six years in the Top 50
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, South Africa
2- Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, South Korea, Ireland, Argentina, Thailand, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany
… to World Golf Hall of Famer Peter Thomson (AUS.), a five-time winner of the Open Championship (1954, ’55, ’56, ’58 and ’65), who turned 87 on Tuesday;
… to Bernhard Langer (GER.), a two-time winner of The Masters (1985, ’93), who turns 59 on Saturday;
… to Lee Janzen (U.S.), winner of the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol in New Jersey and the 1998 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco, who turns 52 on Sunday;
… and to Rich Beem (U.S.), winner of the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Minnesota, who turned 46 on Wednesday.
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