A win at the RBC Canadian Open last year propelled Jhonattan Vegas to his highest world ranking of 86th; retaining the same title this year has done the exact same for the Venezuelan, moving him from 78th to inside the top 50 at 48th.Embed from Getty Images
Vegas saw off Charley Hoffman in a play-off and the American continues his rise over recent months with another jump of seven places to 31st. Ian Poulter finished one shot shy of the play-off in solo third and hops from 71st to 62nd, just three months after nearly falling out the top 200.
Gary Woodland was yet another shot back, solo fourth, and solidifies his place in the world’s top 50 at 42nd, up five places. From tied fifth at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Tony Finau rises five places to 59th and from tied eighth Kevin Chappell improves by three places on 32nd. World-number-one Dustin Johnson only managed a tied eighth finish alongside Chappell and, as a result, has his lead cut at the top to 2.3 points.
The Porsche European Open title was almost defended, too, as Alexander Levy fell short of retaining his crown coming second best in a play-off. The Frenchman is up 14 places in the rankings to 69th, though. Jordan Smith was the man to beat Levy in the play-off to claim his first European Tour win and – having hovered in and out of the top 100 for months – he finally takes a convincing jump inside the top century to 82nd.Embed from Getty Images
In a quiet week for the world’s top players, Jon Rahm is the only player inside the world’s top 20 to make any movement; the 22-year-old is still reaping the rewards of his win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and climbs one more place to sixth, leapfrogging Jason Day.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
Weak fields made world rankings points hard to come by last week, but with the third WGC event of the year boasting a full strength line-up that certainly won’t be the case this week.