Justin Thomas’ second victory in as many weeks sees him break the world top 10 for the first time in his career.
The 23-year-old had a remarkable week at the Sony Open, Hawaii, by becoming the youngest, and only the seventh, player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour and proceeded to break the record for the lowest 72-hole PGA Tour score of 253.
The icing on the cake for the American is a position amongst the decad of the world’s best players with a move up to 8th from 12th, dislodging Bubba Watson down to 11th in the process.
Thomas’ closest competitor, still a hefty seven shots behind, Justin Rose sees movement of his own back towards the top 10 as he rises from 16th to 13th.
On the European Tour, Graeme Storm earned his second Tour victory at the BMW South African Open, just two months after losing his Tour card by €100 before regaining it as Patrick Reed failed to make his numbers to retain his own card, by beating Rory McIlroy on the third hole of a play-off.
Storm makes a colossal leap up to 133rd from outside the top 250; whilst youngster Jordan L Smith, who fought resolutely against Storm and McIlroy to finish behind the leaders by one shot, is one of three to move into a double digit positioning this week with a rise of 20 places to 93rd.
In that regard Smith is joined by the Sony Open’s Charles Howell III, finishing tied 8th in Hawaii, who moves from 104th to 97th, and Jamie Lovemark, tied 4th, jumping from 100th to 85th.
The top 10’s McIlroy, runner-up in South Africa, and Jordan Spieth, third in Hawaii, fail to move from their respective second and fifth positions.
There is a collective rise of 120 places, however, for the high placed South African trio of Dean Burmester, 4th, and Thomas Aiken and Trevor Fisher Jnr, tied 5th, who move from 191st the 167th, 193 to 181st and 444th to 360th individually.
A very strong field in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will offer significant movement for any player, anywhere in the rankings, with a successful finish.
The full, updated, world rankings can be found here.