In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
After a week in which the PGA Tour was off, little movement took place in the Top 50. Except for Francesco Molinari (ITALY), that is.
The winner of the European Tour’s Italian Open, Molinari jumped back into the Top 50 for the first time in more than a year (since Aug. 30, 2015), moving up 22 spots from No. 65 to No. 43. The 33-year-old pro has been ranked as high as No. 14 in his career (in November 2010).
Molinari’s advance pushed Marc Leishman (AUS) to No. 51 – out of the Top 50 after a 61-week stay that saw him rise as high as No. 25.
Closer to the top of the ranking, Danny Willett (ENG) returned to the Top 10 after a five-week absence, moving from No. 11 to No. 10 and nudging Justin Rose (ENG) back one spot.
Jason Day (AUS) reached a half-year in the No. 1 position; the 26-week run making Day the ninth golfer (of the 19 to have held the top ranking) to put together a streak that long. Including short visits to the top spot last autumn, Day now has reigned a total of 30 weeks in his career.
Incidentally, when Tiger Woods (US) returns to action next month he will do so at a lower position than when he first entered the OWGR 22 years ago. Woods’ extended inaction due to injury dropped the all-time leader in weeks as No. 1 from No. 726 to No. 741 in the most recent ranking, now 11 spots lower than his initial ranking of No. 730 on Feb. 6, 1994.
New in the Top 50
No. 43 Molinari
Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Leishman
Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (US)
No. 8 Patrick Reed (US)
No. 39 Thomas Pieters (BELG), up two spots from No. 41
No. 15 Paul Casey (ENG), up one spot from No. 16
No. 26 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), up one spot from No. 26
No. 44 Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), up two spots from No. 46
No. 74 Andrew Johnston (ENG), up six spots from No. 80
No. 91 Yuta Ikeda (JAPAN), up nine spots from No. 100
No. 116 Ryo Ishikawa (JAPAN), up 14 spots from No. 130
No. 48 Andy Sullivan (ENG), down four spots from No. 44
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3- South Africa
2- Australia, Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, South Korea, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Denmark
… to Larry Mize (US) – winner of The Masters in 1987 – who turns 58 on Friday.
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