Having previously never been inside the world’s top 50, Si Woo Kim’s triumph at THE PLAYERS Championship rockets him from 75th to 28th in the world.
The South Korean edged out Louis Oosthuizen, who jumps inside the top 20 at 18th from 33rd, and Ian Poulter, who soars from 197th to 80th and back inside the top 100 for the first time since his injury last year.
A poor final round 80 from Jason Day left him in tied 60th and, as a result, drops him outside the world’s top three as Hideki Matsuyama, tied 22nd at TPC Sawgrass, leapfrogs him from fourth to third. At one stage Sergio Garcia looked on course to back up his Masters victory strong but for a poor final round 78 of his own leaving him in tied 30th; he does join the world’s top five, however, dislodging Jordan Spieth down to sixth.
A steady week of two 70s, a 71 and a 72 left former-world-number-one Adam Scott in tied sixth and bumps him back into the top 10 up two places to ninth, knocking Rickie Fowler down one and Justin Thomas outside the top decad.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello became the first player to score an albatross (double-eagle) on the 16th at THE PLAYERS and backed that up with a birdie on the 17th to rocket up the leaderboard to tied fourth; he climbs to 25th from 35th and equals his career-highest ranking. Meanwhile, Brendan Steele’s round-of-the-day 68 shot him to tied sixth and he rises eight places to 52nd.
Lucas Glover – tied sixth – and Chris Kirk – tied 12th – join the top century up to 98th from 124th and 90th from 103rd respectively.
As the PGA Tour took centre-stage, the European Tour continued with the Open de Portugal, won by Matt Wallace on his third tour start and he moves 105 places to 137th. The rise for second-placed Julian Suri is astronomical as he jumps from 1168th to 479th. Matthieu Pavon of France came third and enters the world’s top 200 for the first time in his career at 197th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
Kim, Poulter and the like made the most of the monumental world ranking points on offer this week and will look to the BMW PGA Championship in two weeks time for a similar reward.