Jordan Spieth only mustered a tied 12th finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship but, thanks to Henrik Stenson’s opening round withdrawal, he moves back into the world’s top five leapfrogging the Swede into fifth.
Justin Thomas began the day in Mexico as leader but eventually fell to tied fifth with a final round 72, however the 23-year-old does climb above Adam Scott into seventh.
Despite having some of the worst driving stats of the week at Chapultepec Club de Golf, Phil Mickelson’s rescues and scrambling salvaged his game and eventually brought him a tied seventh finish. With that the veteran moves back into the top 20 – at 19th from 23rd – after a brief absence.
A win in his first start since reaching world-number-one, and his fourth WGC title, solidified Dustin Johnson’s position at the summit. The man who seemed to be Johnson’s biggest threat on Sunday, Jon Rahm, competing in his first WGC event, fell away to tied third with three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 17th but does make a significant shift from 38th to 25th.
A 40-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the year’s opening WGC tournament put Tommy Fleetwood into solo second and earns him his highest ever world ranking at 35th from 55th. The same applies to Thomas Pieters who mounted an early charge with three birdies on the opening four holes, but was unable to uphold the momentum and slid to tied fifth, and jumps six places for his personal best of 29th. Ross Fisher carded nine final round birdies to finish level with Rahm in tied third and climbs to just outside the top 50 from 72nd to 55th.
Dean Burmester won his maiden European Tour title at the Tshwane Open in his homeland South Africa and moves back inside the top 100 up 49 places to 95th. The 27-year-old is joined in that regard by Victor Dubuisson who, despite not playing since the Maybank Challenge in early February, moves from 105th to 99th.
Burmester was followed by Jorge Campillo and Mikko Korhonen in tied second who earn rises from 159th to 124th and 272nd to 210th respectively. Peter Uihlein mildly threatened from third and solidifies his place in the world’s top 200 up from a treacherous 198th to 176th. Leader at the start of the final round, Alexander Björk only managed a Sunday par 71 but did earn his best European Tour finish at fifth and rises 14 places to 159th.
The ProGolf Tour’s Open Madaef was won by Marco Iten who steps inside the top 1000 at 726th and Jarryd Felton won the Lawnmaster Horizon Golf NZ PGA Championship of the PGA Tour Australia to move up to 373rd from 506th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
The PGA Tour hosts the Valspar Championship this week and the European Tour the Hero Indian Open in low-key events that won’t offer the significant OWGR points of last weekend, however practice is hotting up as major season is almost upon us.