Rickie Fowler’s Honda Classic victory moves him back into the world’s top 10 for the first time since September.
The American’s four-shot victory at PGA National in Florida moves him up to ninth from 14th and dislodges Alex Noren from the top 10 whilst knocking Sergio Garcia down to 10th.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, despite neither of the players competing in an event last week, Hideki Matsuyama takes a step closer to the top trio by leapfrogging Henrik Stenson into fourth.
Fowler’s victory came over Morgan Hoffman and Gary Woodland in tied second who take jumps, significant in their own rights, from 394th to 184th and 41st to 30th respectively.
There was a six-way tie for fourth which rewarded rookie Wesley Bryan, who earned his second tied fourth finish in as many weeks, with a rise from 96th to 77th; Tyrrell Hatton up one place to 17th; Martin Kaymer into the top 50 from 51st to 45th and Chad Collins from 450th to 306th.Embed from Getty Images
Jimmy Walker finished further down in tied 21st but moves towards the top 20 at 21st from 22nd. Fellow American Brendan Steele came in tied 14th in Florida and breaks the top 50 up four places from 54th.
There was a relatively weak field at the European Tour’s Joburg Open but winner Darren Fichardt moves into the top 200 at 192nd from 313th. Stuart Manley finished in tied second, and takes an enormous leap from 958th to 525th, along with Paul Waring, who takes a similar rise from 725th from 426th. In tied fourth Jacques Kruyswijk, 273rd to 230th, and James Morrison, 157th to 152nd, both earn rises but the most recognised high finisher, Brandon Stone, remains in 69th showing the weaknesses of the field.
On the much lesser Nordic Golf League, Mathieu Fenasse took first at the PGA Catalunya Resort Championship and climbs 177 places to 560th; the Red Sea Little Venice Open of the Alps Tour Golf was won by Lars Van Meijel who moves into the top 1000 at 873rd.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.