The PGA and European Tour both saw the titles of their respective events retained last week as Brendan Steele went back-to-back at the Safeway Open and Tyrrell Hatton raced to defend his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title.
Steele now joins Hatton in the world’s top 50 climbing 12 places to 47th, whilst the latter is up seven places to 22nd, back towards his highest ever ranking of 14th.Embed from Getty Images
Ross Fisher did his best to threaten Hatton’s lead by becoming the first man in 144 years and over 13,146 professional rounds at the Old Course, St Andrews to score below 62; the Englishman set the new course record at the Home of Golf with a final-round 61. He is rewarded with a move from 55th to 45th in the world after ultimately finishing solo second.Embed from Getty Images
Before a poor end to his round, Victor Dubuisson was also on track break the course record he previously set himself. In the end he settled for a 63 and third place but does gain 61 places from 195th.
The ever-consistent Tony Finau solidifies his place in the top 50, moving from 49th to 43rd, after racking up a second place finish behind Steele. Phil Mickelson was a shot back from Finau in tied third but only rises a single place to 29th. In tied third with Lefty, Chesson Hadley takes a more significant climb from 127th to 112th.Embed from Getty Images
Four players exchange places in the top 20. Brooks Koepka (11th to 10th) and Sergio Garcia (10th to 11th) switch rankings, as do Matt Kuchar (13th to 12th) and Justin Rose (12th to 13th); none of the players played last week. Meanwhile former-world-number-one Adam Scott’s decline continues as he’s down another two places to 24th, his lowest ranking since March 2011.
On the less publicised Japan Golf Tour, Yusaku Miyazato took home the Honma TourWorld Cup title and is up to 103rd.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
With a host of stars making their first PGA Tour starts of the season and many European Tour front runners heading to the Rolex Series’ Italian Open, there promises to be a surplus of ranking points on offer this week in comparison to last.