Rickie Fowler opened his 2017/18 PGA Tour season with a runner-up finish and jumps from 10th to seventh in the world rankings; he’s not been higher since June 2016.
At the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the 28-year-old fell a single-shot shy of fellow-American Patton Kizzire whose ranking is up virtually half to 119th.Embed from Getty Images
Si Woo Kim strengthened his position in the world’s top 50 with a move from 45th to 39th after a third place finish on the PGA Tour, whilst Charles Howell III, 62nd to 59th, and Martin Piller, 382nd to 285th, earn contrasting rises for their tied fourth finishes.
The penultimate event of the European Tour season was won by Branden Grace on home soil; the South African is up 15 places to 29th after claiming the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club.Embed from Getty Images
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson came closest to Grace and shoots from 277th to 141st and third-placed Victor Dubuisson scrapes inside the top 100, at 100th from 152nd, for the first time since April.
Haotong Li shot a round-of-the-week 64 on Sunday but it was only enough to earn him solo fourth place and a climb from 67th to 58th. Former-world-number-one Martin Kaymer claimed only his third top 10 of the year and boosts his ranking to 69th from 83rd.
Other than Fowler and Grace, only Paul Casey (15th to 14th), Louis Oosthuizen (23rd to 22nd) and Kevin Kisner (27th to 26th) make positive movements.
Satoshi Kodaira took a step closer to entering the top 50 for the first time as he moves to 53rd on the back of his win at the Japan Golf Tour’s Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters. Yusaku Miyazato was runner-up and rises from 92nd to 74th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
The European Tour reaches its climax this week with its top 60 Race to Dubai runners taking on the DP World Tour Championship meaning the stakes, and world ranking points, are high.