A second PGA Tour and fourth career title has lifted Jon Rahm to second in the world rankings, knocking Jordan Spieth down to third.
It took the Spaniard four holes of a play-off to beat Andrew Landry to the CareerBuilder Challenge title and the victory puts him to his highest ever ranking and within 1.4 points of Dustin Johnson in first.Embed from Getty Images
There’s a rise for Rahm’s countryman, Sergio Garcia, after he began 2018 with a win at the SMBC Singapore Open as he solidifies a position in the top 10 with a one-place hop to ninth.
Tommy Fleetwood successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title with a storming final-round of 65 in testing conditions. His reward is a climb from 18th to 12th, his best ranking to date.Embed from Getty Images
Landry’s challenge of Rahm in California was not in vein as the 30-year-old is up 82 places to a personal best 102nd, whilst Adam Hadwin (60th to 52nd), Martin Piller (305th to 212th) and John Huh (433rd to 293rd) all make rises from tied third. Scott Piercy (124th to 108th) is up after finishing tied sixth alongside Kevin Chappell (32nd) who is unmoved himself.
Fleetwood’s blistering final round took a first title since 2014 away from Ross Fisher who finished solo second; he is up four places to 27th, one ahead of Matthew Fitzpatrick, up two places, in 28th after finishing tied third with Rory McIlroy. On his return, the encouraging finish was not enough to move McIlroy back into the top 10 from 11th after falling out for the first time since 2010.Embed from Getty Images
Having had a share of the 54-hole lead in the dessert, Thomas Pieters will have been disappointed to have slipped to tied fifth but he does move from 40th to 34th, whilst Chris Paisley backed up his BMW SA Open win with a tied fifth alongside Pieters and breaks the top 100, to 96th, as a result. Fabrizio Zanotti (tied ninth) also cracks into the top century from 105th to 94th.
Following positive results this week there are minor rises inside the top 100 for Jhonattan Vegas (39th to 37th), Bernd Wiesberger (44th to 41st), Satoshi Kodaira (52nd to 42nd), Dylan Frittelli (53rd to 51st), Alexander Levy (76th to 67th), Paul Dunne (78th to 74th), Lucas Glover (88th to 84th), Hudson Swafford (90th to 87th), Chez Reavie (91st to 89th) and Kevin Na (94th to 92nd).
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
There are full-field events on both the PGA and European Tours this week but the focus will, again, be all on Tiger Woods playing his first full-event in a year and looking to bolster his 647th ranking.