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OWGR Snapshot: Reed’s Career High

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed did not earn OWGR points for his Ryder Cup wins, but he rose in the world rankings all the same. (Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:

In the midst of a lull between PGA Tour seasons, the Top 50 saw only minor shifts this week.

Patrick Reed (US) moved to No. 7 from No. 8, displacing Bubba Watson (US) in the process.

Similarly, Danny Willett (ENG) moved to No. 9 from No. 10, dropping Rickie Fowler (US) one spot.

In Reed’s case, the move represents a career-high ranking. Willett returns to his career-best spot after having dropped slightly for the past seven weeks.

Reed’s especially strong run during the FedEx Cup Playoffs pushed him from a No. 14 world ranking up to No. 7:

  • Won The Barclays
  • T5 – Deutsche Bank Championship
  • T13 – BMW Championship
  • T24 – Tour Championship

Reed closed out this season ranked 3rd in FedEx Cup points and 5th on the money list.

In four full seasons on the PGA Tour, Reed has amassed 5 wins, 3 runner-ups, 24 top-10s and over $15 million in winnings.

The OWGR’s big mover of the week is Daisuke Kataoka (JAPAN), up 63 spots from No. 198 to 135.

For Jason Day (AUS), his run at No. 1 reached 28 weeks, now solo as the 14th-longest in the history of the ranking. Including short visits to the top spot last autumn, Day now has been No. 1 for 32 weeks in his career. That total ties Day with Vijay Singh (FIJI) for the ninth place on the list of most aggregate weeks spent in the top spot.

New In/Out of the Top 50

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Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point

No. 1 Day

No. 2 Dustin Johnson (US)

No. 7 Reed (US)

No. 9 Willett (ENG)

No. 24 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), up one spot from No. 25

No. 27 Kevin Chappell (US), holding from the previous week

No. 39 Thomas Pieters (BELG), returning to career high after one week at No. 42

Also rising

No. 76 Andrew Johnston (ENG), up one spot from No. 77

No. 79 Yuta Ikeda (JAPAN), up 12 spots from No. 91

No. 135 Daisuke Kataoka (JAPAN), up 63 spots from No. 198

No. 137 Miguel Tabuena (PHIL), up 37 spots from No. 174

Trending downward

No. 42 Bill Haas (US), down three spots from No. 39

Notable anniversaries

No. 16 Jimmy Walker (US), three years in the Top 50

No. 49 Søren Kjeldsen (DEN), one year in the Top 50

Top 50 scorecard, by nation

23-United States


3- South Africa

2- Australia, Sweden, Spain

1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, South Korea, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Germany, Denmark

Happy Birthday …

… to World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples (US) – winner of The Masters in 1992 – who turned 57 on Monday;

… to No. 9 Willett (ENG), who turned 29 on Monday.


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