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OWGR Snapshot: Casey Keeps Climbing

Paul Casey
Paul Casey has a pair of runner-up finishes in consecutive weeks.

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

On the strength of consecutive runner-up finishes at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, Paul Casey (ENG) jumped back into the top 20 for the first time since January 2012.

Casey moved from No. 22 to No. 16, and the six-spot advance was the week’s largest of any top-50 golfer. In the past two weeks, Casey has risen from No. 30 to No. 16, surging past a number of U.S. Ryder Cup players, including Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Brooks Koepka and Zach Johnson, although Casey himself did not make the European squad. Only 5 members of Team Europe are ranked higher than Casey.

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Jason Day (AUS) remained at No. 1 for the 25th consecutive week. When you include short visits to the top spot last autumn, Day has reigned a total of 29 weeks in his career.

New In/Out of the Top 50

Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day  (AUS)
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (US)
No. 8 Patrick Reed (US)
No. 39 Thomas Pieters (BELG), up two spots from No. 41

Also rising
No. 25 Charl Schwartzel (S AFR), up three spots from No. 28
No. 35 Byeong Hun An (S KOR), up four spots from No. 39
No. 56 Bernd Wiesberger (AUSTRIA), up seven spots from No. 63
No. 60 Joost Luiten (NETH), up 13 spots from No. 73
No. 70 Roberto Castro (US), up 31 spots from No. 101
No. 109 Bryson DeChambeau (US), up 54 spots from No. 163

Trending downward
No. 42 Ryan Moore (US), down five spots from No. 37

Notable anniversaries
No. 10 Justin Rose (ENG), five years in the Top 25
No. 4 Jordan Spieth (US), three years in the Top 25

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

Happy Birthday …
… to Jerry Pate (US) – winner of the 1976 U.S. Open at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia – who turns 63 on Friday;
… to Scott Simpson (US) – winner of the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco – who turns 61 on Saturday;
… to Ángel Cabrera (ARG) – winner of the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania, and The Masters in 2009 – who turned 47 on Monday;
… to No. 36 Kevin Na (US), who turned 33 on Thursday;
… to No. 35 An (S KOR), who turns 25 on Saturday;
… and to No. 27 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), who tuned 24 on Wednesday.

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