Dustin Johnson further strengthens his position as the world’s top player after his tied second finish at the Wells Fargo Championship on his return from injury.
Having looked on course for four straight wins at one point, the world-number-one extends his lead over Rory McIlroy atop the world rankings to almost five whole points.Embed from Getty Images
At nine-under-par, Pat Perez joined Johnson in tied second and moves to a career-high ranking of 42nd, from 58th.
Johnson was denied his fourth straight win by a huge birdie putt on the 72nd hole from Brian Harman to claim his second PGA Tour title. The American takes a 43 place leap to 52nd, a career-high for him also.Embed from Getty Images
A chip-in eagle for Jon Rahm on the last would have taken him to a play-off with Harman, but the Spaniard could only manage a par that left him in solo fourth. That position though, his fourth top five and fifth top 10 in six starts, does bump him one place in the rankings to another career-high of 12th.
Inside the top 30, there’s one place hops for Masters-champion Sergio Garcia (to 6th), Charl Schwartzel (17th) and winner of the Shenzhen International two weeks ago Bernd Wiesberger (29th) despite no appearances from them at the weekend.
World ranking points are not distributed at team events and so, in that regard, there’s no reward for winners of the European Tour’s inaugural GolfSixes, Thorbjørn Olesen (86th) and Lucas Bjerregaard (256th).Embed from Getty Images
On the world’s less prestigious tours, Peter Karmis won the Sunshine Tour’s Investec Royal Swazi Open and moves over 200 places to 259th. Sanghee Lee took home the GS Caltax Maekyung Open title on the KPGA and OneAsia Tours and moves to 347th from 479th. The Mahasamutr Masters was won by Jazz Janewattananond, who only rises 10 places to 220th, whilst Nate Lashley won the web.com Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship to move inside the top 200 for the first time in his career, up 89 places to 177th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
This week sees the golfing world’s ‘fifth major’ at THE PLAYERS Championship. With all of the biggest names making an appearance, it offers just about the maximum world ranking points.