A spiralling growth in the career of Patton Kizzire has seen him rack up his first and second PGA Tour wins and cut his world ranking in quarter in two months .
The 31-year-old saw off James Hahn on the sixth hole of a play-off to win the Sony Open in Hawaii and jump from 105th to 54th in the world rankings, after his OHL Classic win rocketed him from 236th to 119th.Embed from Getty Images
Despite coming up just short Hahn takes a nice rise from 83rd to 59th, whilst third placed Tom Hoge is up from 392nd to 214th, and from tied fourth Brian Stuard moves from 220th to 168th, Webb Simpson from 44th to 38th and Brian Harman’s three place climb from 23rd to 20th is the only movement inside the world’s top 20.
After irregular performances at the back end of 2017 Gary Woodland began to takes steps back towards the top 50 with a tied seventh in Hawaii that boosts his ranking to 51st from 55th. Russell Knox (tied 10th) and Chez Reavie (tied 18th) both take small strides inside the top 100 from 80th to 77th and 96th to 91st respectively.
With his wife on the bag, Chris Paisley won his first European Tour title at the BMW SA Open, holding off Braden Grace on his home turf. Paisley shoots to his best ever ranking of 121st, from 289th. Grace steps up two places to 28th.Embed from Getty Images
There’s healthy rises for the South African contingency in third and tied fourth. JC Ritchie (third) is up to 326th from 586th, whilst Jacques Kruyswijk and Jacques Blaauw (tied fourth) are up to 292nd and 406th from 400th and 550th respectively. The other man in tied fourth, Scott Vincent, moves 70 places to 251st.
Elsewhere the PGA Tour Australia’s REBEL Sport Masters was won by Matthew Millar who moves up 187 places to 415th. There’s a huge rise for his closest rival in second David Smail who near halves his ranking to 893rd.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has attracted an impressive field this week including world-number-one Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson from inside the top 10 and Rory McIlroy, desperate to improve on his lowest ranking since 2010, 11th. The event ensures a big handful of world ranking points to those who go well in the desert.