In this week’s Official World Golf Ranking:
There were notable jumps for last week’s tournament winners, Hideki Matsuyama (JAPAN), Alex Norén (SWE) and Brendan Steele (US).
After winning the Japan Open, Matsuyama moved up five spots to No. 13 (a position he last held in April), and got to within two positions of the highest ranking in his career.
Matsuyama is now the highest-ranked player who is not from Australia, Europe or the United States, having passed South Africa’s 16th-ranked Branden Grace this week.
An eight-spot jump for Norén sent him to another career-high at No. 18, after his victory at the British Masters gave him three trophies in 2016.
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And Steele, the winner at the PGA Tour’s 2016-17 season-opener in Napa, Calif., advanced 31 spots to No. 57, also a career high.
Also, Jason Day’s 30th consecutive No. 1 ranking places him within two weeks of tying Rory McIlroy (N IRL) for the 13th–longest streak in OWGR history. Day has spent a combined 34 weeks at the top in his career, the ninth-highest total in the history of the ranking, which began in 1986.
New in the Top 50
No. 46 Bernd Wiesberger (AUSTRIA), up 10 spots from No. 56
Out of the Top 50
No. 51 Gary Woodland (US), down two spots from No. 49
Reaching (maintaining) a personal Top-50 high point
No. 1 Day
No. 2 Dustin Johnson (US)
No. 7 Patrick Reed (US)
No. 9 Danny Willett (ENG)
No. 18 Norén (SWE)
No. 32 Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), up one spot from No. 33
No. 45 Lee Westwood (ENG), up five spots from No. 50
No. 46 Wiesberger (AUSTRIA)
No. 57 Steele (US)
No. 79 Patton Kizzire (US), up 24 spots from No. 103
No. 133 Alexander Knappe (GER), up 66 spots from No. 199
No. 43 Shane Lowry (IRL) and No. 49 Thongchai Jaidee (THAI), down three spots each from Nos. 40 and No. 46, respectively
Top 50 scorecard, by nation
3- South Africa
2- Australia, Sweden, Spain
1-Northern Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, South Korea, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Thailand
Happy Birthday …
… to Todd Hamilton (US) – winner of the 2004 Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland –who turned 51 on Tuesday;
… to Ernie Els (S AFR), – two–time winner of U.S. Open (1994 at Oakmont in Pennsylvania and 1997 at Congressional in Maryland) and two-time winner of the Open Championship (2002 at Muirfield in Scotland and 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England) – who turned 47 on Monday;
… and to No. 23 Louis Oosthuizen (S AFR) – winner of the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland – who turned 34 on Wednesday.
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