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OWGR Snapshot: McIlroy Passes Spieth, Stenson

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is climbing in the world rankings again after his Deutsche Bank Championship victory.

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

There was a small amount of volatility in the Top 10 – a victory by Rory McIlroy (N IRL) at the Deutsche Bank Championship raised him from No. 5 to No. 3, leapfrogging Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth, while a T5 finish in Boston was enough to boost Patrick Reed (US) to No. 8, a career best.

Alex Norén (SWE) moved to within striking distance of the Top 25. His win at the Omega European Masters provided a 12-spot boost to No. 27, a career best for him.

Jason Day (AUS) remained at No. 1. His run of weeks in the top spot now stands at 24, and when you include short visits there last autumn, Day has reigned a total of 28 weeks in his career.

New in the Top 50
No. 50 Gary Woodland (US), up two spots from No. 52

Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Martin Kaymer (GER), down one spot from No. 50

Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day  (AUS)
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (US), holding previous best from last week
No. 8 Reed (US)
No. 27 Norén (SWE), up 12 spots from No. 39
No. 32 Kevin Chappell (US), returning to previous best from eight weeks ago
No. 41 Thomas Pieters (BELG) , holding previous best from last week

Also rising
No. 13 Branden Grace (S AFR), up one spot from No. 14
No. 15 Jimmy Walker (US), up four spots from No. 19
No. 19 Russell Knox (SCOT), up one spot from No. 20
No. 22 Paul Casey (ENG), up eight spots from No. 30
No. 37 Ryan Moore (US), up six spots from No. 43
No. 43 Lee Westwood (ENG), up three spots from No. 46
No. 66 Scott Hend (AUS), up 16 spots from No. 82
No. 67 Fabián Gómez (ARG), up 16 spots from No. 83
No. 74 Andrew Johnston (ENG), up 14 spots from No. 88
No. 89 Jason Kokrak (US), up 11 spots from No. 100
No. 116 David Hearn (CAN), up 23 spots from No. 139
No. 123 Billy Hurley III (US), up 24 spots from No. 147

Trending downward
No. 34 Justin Thomas (US), down three spots from No. 31

Top 50 scorecard, by nation
24-United States
3-Australia, South Africa
2- Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Ireland, South Korea, Belgium, Thailand, Denmark

Happy Birthday …
… to World Golf Hall of Famer and seven-time major champion Arnold Palmer (US), who turns 87 on Saturday;
… to Dow Finsterwald (US) – winner of the 1958 PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Pennsylvania – who turned 87 on Tuesday;
… to World Golf Hall of Famer Larry Nelson (US) – winner of the 1983 U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania, and the PGA Championship in 1981 (Atlanta Athletic Club) and 1987 (PGA National in Florida) – who turns 69 on Saturday;
… to Bill Rogers (US) – winner of the 1981 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England – who turns 65 on Saturday;
… to Jeff Sluman (US) – winner of the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Oklahoma – who turns 59 on Sunday.

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