Despite three top 10 finishes from the world’s top five at the TOUR Championship, the leading quintet all remain unmoved in the world rankings.
Justin Thomas clinched second – and the FedExCup in the process – and remains fourth, whilst world-number-two Jordan Spieth and world-number-five Jon Rahm both finished tied seventh at East Lake Golf Club but fail to make any movement.Embed from Getty Images
There is positive movement, though, for Rory McIlroy. After to slipping to eighth, his lowest ranking in over three years, he climbs back to sixth ahead of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler despite not actually qualifying for the TOUR Championship. Day and Fowler’s tied 17th and tied 26th finishes out of a 30-man field cause them a one place slip each.
Paul Casey (15th to 16th) took a two-shot lead into the final round on Sunday but failed to capitalise and ended in solo fifth. He does join Matt Kuchar (13th to 12th) and Justin Rose (14th to 13th), who finished tied 10th at the weekend, as the only other players making any positive movement inside the top 20.
Xander Schauffele ended his season in style by becoming the first rookie to win the TOUR Championship, the first rookie to win any FedExCup Play-Off event, the first rookie to finish third in the FedExCup and only the third player to win twice in their rookie season. He’s rewarded for his feat with an axing of over half his ranking from 66th to 32nd.Embed from Getty Images
Behind Schauffele and Thomas, Kevin Kisner and Russell Henley shared third place and take minor bumps of 26th to 24th and 51st to 44th respectively. Tony Finau (tied 7th) climbs four places to 49th himself.
On the European Tour’s much less publicised Portugal Masters, Lucas Bjerregaard strolled to his maiden career title by four shots. Getting off the mark sees him rocket almost 200 places to 193rd in the world.Embed from Getty Images
Marc Warren was Bjerregaard’s closest rival in second and also moves almost 200 spots to 296th. Graeme Storm (185th to 152nd) and Eddie Pepperell (255th to 198th) both shift after finishing tied third at the Dom Pedro Victoria.
Lesser tours have warranted movement, too. The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf winner – Daisuke Kataoka – is up 50 to 131st, DAP Championship of the web.com Tour winner Nicholas Lindheim rockets from 561st to 320th and Tapio Pulkkanen is up to 224th after claiming the Kazakhstan Open title.
The full, updated, ranking can be found here.
The Presidents Cup is the PGA Tour’s market event this week taking many of the best American and international players away from points. The majority of the week’s world ranking points will therefore fall on the British Masters where there are many stars still set to enter.