In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
Victory on the first weekend of the FedEx Cup playoffs (see results from The Barclays) also meant a return to the Top 10 of the OWGR for Patrick Reed (U.S.).
The 26-year-old checks in at No. 9, matching the high spot of his career. He last made it this far up the list on Feb. 21. With Reed supplanting new No. 11 Danny Willett (ENG) in the Top 10, the United States now has five of the world’s top 10 players. Reed joins No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 3. Jordan Spieth, No. 7 Bubba Watson and No. 8 Rickie Fowler.
Jason Day (AUS) held the No. 1 position to make it 27 weeks in his career, alone as the 10th highest total in the history of the ranking that began in 1986. Day’s current run of consecutive weeks at No. 1 is at 23 weeks.
Last weekend’s winner on the European Tour – Thomas Pieters (BELG) – also reached a career-best ranking, jumping 13 spots to No. 41 in the world after his victory at the Made in Denmark tournament.
Pieters was the week’s biggest mover inside the Top 50, but only by one spot more than Emiliano Grillo (ARG), who moved 12 places from No. 37 to No. 25.
New in the Top 50
No. 41 Pieters (BELG.)
Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Danny Lee (N.Z.), down four spots from No. 47
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 Reed (U.S.), up five spots from No. 14
No. 25 Grillo (ARG.)
No. 39 Alex Norén (SWE), holding previous best from last week
No. 41 Pieters (BELG.)
No. 43 Ryan Moore (U.S.), up seven spots from No. 50
No. 52 Gary Woodland (U.S.), up nine spots from No. 61
No. 71 Tony Finau (U.S.), up 11 spots from No. 82
No. 77 Sean O’Hair (U.S.), up 58 spots from No. 135
No. 85 Bradley Dredge (WALES), up 20 spots from No. 105
No. 100 Jason Kokrak (U.S.), up 21 spots from No. 121
No. 140 Ryo Ishikawa (JAPAN), up 57 spots from No. 197
No. 48 Matthew Fitzpatrick Lee (ENG.), down four spots from No. 44
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3-Australia, South Africa
2- Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Ireland, South Korea, Belgium, Thailand, Denmark, Germany
Happy Birthday …
… to Al Geiberger (U.S.) – winner of the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club in Ohio – who turns 79 on Thursday;
… to World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd (U.S.) – winner of the PGA Championship in 1969 and 1982, The Masters in 1976, and the U.S. Open in 1986 – who turns 74 on Sunday;
… to World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson – winner of the Open Championship five times (1975, ’77, ’80, ’82 and ’83), of The Masters in 1977 and ’81, and of the U.S. Open Championship in 1982 – who turns 67 on Sunday;
… to Pádraig Harrington (IRL.) – winner of the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008, and the PGA Championship in 2008 – who turned 45 on Wednesday;
… to No. 26 Charl Schwartzel (S. AFR.), who turned 32 on Wednesday
… and to No. 48 Fitzpatrick (ENG.), who turns 22 on Thursday.
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