With his win at the 146th Open Championship, Jordan Spieth leapfrogs Hideki Matsuyama into second in the world rankings, but still sits over two and a half points behind Dustin Johnson in first.
Having reached world-number-one back in February, the 33-year-old went on to consolidate his position atop the rankings with two more wins and a top five. As a result, despite no top 10s in his last five starts, his run has meant that even two consecutive wins including a major for Spieth cannot get him near.Embed from Getty Images
Spieth overcame a valiant challenge from Matt Kuchar for his first Claret Jug and eventually ran out winner by three shots; Kuchar rises six places, though, to 12th and back towards the top 10 he was last part of over two years ago.
As the leaders struggled early on, Haotong Li’s clubhouse target of six-under-par looked as though it might threaten. In the end it only earned him solo third but it does also earn him a breakthrough into the top 100 at 63rd from 107th.
In his first start since his win at the last major, US Open champion Brooks Koepka contended all week but slipped to a five-way tie for sixth, however does move back up to 10th after being knocked down by Rickie Fowler.
Branden Grace and Marc Leishman placed alongside Koepka in sixth and move from 35th to 30th and 34th to 28th respectively. The rise of Matthew Southgate, also tied sixth, is 48 places to 124th. The final tied sixth finisher, Alex Noren, is unmoved in ninth.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello backed up his win at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open last week with a tied fourth finish at Royal Birkdale and improves his ranking by another place to 16th – his career highest. Rory McIlroy joined the Spaniard in tied fourth but remains fourth in the rankings.Embed from Getty Images
After a troublesome year, Grayson Murray enjoyed playing out of the spotlight and won the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship and advances into the top 100 for the first time, up to 87th from 156th.
Winner of the low amateur Silver Medal, Alfie Plant, placed in tied 62nd and improved his reputation no end; his world ranking rise is a healthy 439 places to 1410th, too.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
With no major championship, nor a European Tour Rolex Series event, this week, there’s less to play for in the world ranking stakes this but it’s only next week a WGC event returns before the final major of the year.