With the winner of the Shell Houston Open taking the final place in the field at this week’s Masters, 36 and 54-hole leader Sung Kang fell agonising close of a place at Augusta National finishing second in Houston and he falls perilously short, again elsewhere, of the world’s top 100 at 104th from 202nd.
Russell Henley’s final round 65 overcame Kang at the Golf Club of Houston to claim his third career PGA Tour title and that final spot at the year’s opening major. What will seem a mere bonus to the 27-year-old is his world ranking cut in half to inside the top 100 at 61st.
Inside the top 10, Rickie Fowler, who came close at the event – eventually finishing four shots back in tied third, and Justin Thomas, who didn’t make an appearance this week, both capitalise on Adam Scott missing the cut and leapfrog the Australian’s ranking. Thomas moves from eighth to seventh (his highest ever ranking) and Fowler from ninth to eighth whilst Scott falls down from seventh to ninth.
Following his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play final loss after two consecutive top fives, Jon Rahm’s climb continues with a hop to 12th from 14th after another impressive performance finishing tied 10th at Houston.
Keegan Bradley is another who did enough to break into the world’s top century, moving from 105th to 97th, with a tied 15th finish at the Shell Houston Open. Daniel Berger, fifth in Texas, climbs six places to 34th and back towards his highest ever ranking of 28th. England’s Ross Fisher didn’t play this week but, thanks to two top five finishes in a row at WGC events, he solidifies his place inside the top 50 with a minor jump from 49th to 45th.
In the only other world ranking points event this week, Nicolai Dellingshausen of Germany won the Open Tazegzout on the ProGolf Tour to break into the top 1000 at 813th from 1317th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
The golfing world comes to a standstill this week as the Masters takes centre stage and limits any world ranking movement to the 94-man field at Augusta National.