Justin Thomas’ first major title win at the PGA Championship has seen him re-stake his claim in the world’s top 10, and go one better than his previous high.
The American crept from behind to overcome a struggling leading pack with a final round of 68 to grasp his fifth career, and first major, victory. He now moves from 14th to sixth in the world.Embed from Getty Images
Hideki Matsuyama lost his world-number-two spot after Jordan Spieth took first at The Open Championship last month, and his victory at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational last week wasn’t enough to claim it back. However, after leading sporadically throughout the final day and eventually slumping to tied fifth, he now does takes back the position behind only Dustin Johnson.
There’s no other upwards movement inside the top 10 but in the top 20 four men make advances. Francesco Molinari’s storming final-round 67 earned him tied second at Quail Hollow Club and a boost from 21st to 16th. Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey both hop one place to 14th and 17th respectively and Louis Oosthuizen moves back into the top 20, at 20th from 27th, following a brief absence after he joined Molinari as runner-up.Embed from Getty Images
For a while on Sunday it seemed as though the impossible might happen. Ranked outside the world’s top 400 two weeks ago, Chris Stroud found himself tied for the lead during the final round. He would then fall away to tied ninth but improves his rank another 54 places; the American has moved from 413th to 149th in two weeks.
The two biggest movers inside the world’s top 100 were tied seventh and tied ninth finishers Graham DeLaet and Jordan Smith. DeLaet moves 26 places to 91st whilst Smith, playing in his first major, climbs to his best ever ranking of 69th, up from 81st.
Understandably on the back of the year’s final major there’s a significant amount of minor jumps all around the rankings. To see them in full, the updated rankings can be found here.