Jon Rahm’s first European Tour win in just his second start has ensured he enters the top 10 for the first time in his young career.
The 22-year-old has risen 129 places in the world rankings in just five and a half months from 137th to where he now sits, 8th; his six-shot victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, to follow a top 10 at the HNA Open de France the week prior, bumped him the last few places up from 11th. Just two weeks after his US Open victory, Brooks Koepka falls out of the top decad to make room for the Spaniard.Embed from Getty Images
Four rounds of 67-or-better allowed Rahm to run away with proceedings, but English duo Justin Rose, who finished tied fourth at Portstewart Golf Club, and Tommy Fleetwood, tied 10th, both take single place rises inside the top 20 to 12th and 14th respectively.
Matthew Southgate and Richie Ramsay were Rahm’s closest competitors in tied second and both have earned tremendous rises from outside the top 300 to 161st and 170th. Daniel Im was in the final group with Rahm but faded away to tied fourth with a final-round of 72, however his world ranking climb is almost 200 places from 542nd to 365th. Fellow tied fourth finishers Ryan Fox, 149th to 122nd, and David Drysdale, 347th to 256th, also take hearty rises.
Over on the PGA Tour, Xander Schauffele won his first title, beating Robert Streb by one shot at the Greenbrier Classic. As a result the 23-year-old moves inside the top 100 for the first time up from 159th to 82nd. Less than a month ago Schauffele sat outside the top 350 but with three top 20s, two top fives – one of which was at the US Open – and now his maiden win he has cut his ranking by 270 places in just four events.Embed from Getty Images
Streb was perilously close to falling out the top 200 at 199th but his runner-up finish has boosted him to 134th. Jamie Lovemark and Sebastian Muñoz finished tied third and move up 14 places to 84th and 142 places to 268th respectively, whilst Russell Henley and Kelly Kraft, tied fifth, improve their positions by four places to 53rd and 25 places to 160th apiece.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
In the final event before The Open Championship, a hugely strong field heads to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; accordingly, the event will offer significant world ranking points as well as some last minute practice on British soil.