Following the conclusion of the 81st Masters at Augusta National, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth have all taken world ranking shifts inside the top 10.
Garcia and Rose couldn’t be separated after 72 holes and were forced to a play-off; Garcia came out victorious and moves to 7th from 11th whilst the latter actually takes a bigger rise from 14th to 8th in the world.
Despite opening and final rounds of 75, Spieth still managed to earn a tied 11 finish in Georgia and rejoins the world’s top 5, at fifth from sixth, after just over a month’s absence. He leapfrogs Henrik Stenson, who missed the cut at the year’s opening major.
Inside the top 20 there’s a one place hop for Paul Casey to 15th, after a sixth-place finish at Augusta, and two new members in Matt Kuchar, 21st to 17th, and Charl Schwartzel, 29th to 18th, after their tied fourth and third place finishes respectively. There’s negative movement, though, for last week’s defending champion Danny Willett who missed the cut and falls from 17th to 19th.
On his Masters debut, youngster Thomas Pieters greatly impressed with a tied fourth finish and amongst his rewards is a rise from 35th to 26th in the world – his highest ever world ranking. There’s similar rises for American duo Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore, tied seventh and tied ninth at the weekend, who climb from 43rd to 38th and 38th to 33rd.
First round leader following the round-of-the-week 65, Charley Hoffman, eventually fell to tied 22nd but jumps back inside the world’s top 50 at 47th. He’s joined by another early leader on Thursday and tied 22nd finisher, William McGirt, inside the top 50 who nows sits in 50th from 53rd.
50-year-old Steve Stricker made his 16th Masters appearance and placed tied 16th and, as a result, breaks back inside the top century up 23 places from 115th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
The Masters took centre-stage as the only ranking points event last week limiting points to the 94-man field. This week, though, sees this return of independent PGA, European and all other Tour events across the globe for further world ranking shifts.