A third win in as many weeks for Dustin Johnson – at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play – consolidates his position atop the world rankings, extending his lead over Rory McIlroy to 3.8 points.
The 1Up final victory over Jon Rahm makes the 32-year-old the first player to complete the career World Golf Championship grand slam and makes him appear near impossible to be caught as world-number-one any time soon – just five weeks after taking the position for the first time in his career.
A consolation for Spaniard Rahm’s final loss, in which he came back from five holes down to take it to the 18th, is a position inside the world’s top 20 at 14th from 25th after his third consecutive top 10 finish.
Alex Noren was defeated by Johnson 3&2 in the quarter-finals but, with his tied fifth finish, takes a place back amongst the world’s top 10 after just over a month’s absence; he moves from 11th to 10th and dislodges Sergio Garcia in the process.
With late breaks into the world’s top 50, Hideto Tanihara, fourth at the WGC event, and Ross Fisher, tied fifth, have earned Masters invitations with just over a week to go to take the field at Augusta National to 92 players; whilst Bill Haas, who beat Tanihara 2&1 in the 3rd place play-off, climbs 8 places to 39th. Soren Kjeldsen had a stunning week at Austin Country Club, most notably beating Rory McIlroy 2&1 in the opening round of pool games to diminish the world-number-two’s chances of qualification, before eventually exiting the tournament to Rahm at the quarter-final stage. His performance earns him a jump from 68th to 59th – one more win may have earned him an invitation to Augusta.
D.A. Points took home his third career PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open and soars up 380 places from 634th to 254th in the world. South African veteran Retief Goosen came tied second and slots back inside the top 200 at 198th from 272nd whilst fellow tied second finishers, Bryson DeChambeau and Bill Lunde, take significant rises in their own regard from 147th to 107th and from outside the top 1000 to 470th respectively.
Aaron Rai’s dramatic rise in golf continued after he took home the Barclays Kenya Open title on the European Challenge Tour to find himself in his highest ever world ranking of 216th, up from 353rd. Casey Wittenberg won the web.com Tour’s Chitimacha Louisana Open presented by NACHER to jump over 500 places to 374th; meanwhile there’s rises to inside the top 1000 for Patrick Newcomb and Dylan Boshart as winners of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and ProGolf Tour events.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
Significant world ranking points will be limited to the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open this week as the European Tour takes a short hiatus, but with the likes of Johnson and Jordan Spieth in the field in Texas the points on offer will be very worthwhile.