Jason Day’s return to the summit of golf continued last week with a tied second at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, to move him up to eighth in the world rankings.
After a three month absence, Day made it back into the world’s top 10 with a win at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago and a joint-runner-up finish in his next start has helped to further bolster his ranking as he climbs another two places to eighth.
It was not without a healthy amount of scrambling on the 72nd to save par from the beach that Day could manage his heighty finish. See tweet below:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 11, 2018
Day’s rise is to the downfall of Rory McIlroy, who’s impressive start to 2018 took a knock by missing the cut in California, as the pair swap places with McIlroy now back down to 10th.
Along with Day in tied second was world-number-one Dustin Johnson who now extends his lead ahead of Jon Rahm in second from 1.4 points to 1.65 points, whilst Phil Mickelson – also tied second – is up another six places to 35th after climbing eight places last week with a tied fifth finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Chez Reavie came runner-up for the second consecutive week and has moved a total of 46 places in those two weeks, now sitting in his highest ranking to date, 43rd.
Above all the star names in tied second was Ted Potter Jr who ended up strolling to a three-shot victory around Pebble Beach. His reward is a colossal 173-place rise to a career-high of 73rd.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile from sixth and seventh at the same event, Kevin Streelman (167th to 134th) and Scott Stallings (278th to 209th) both make impressive moves.
Rafa Cabrera Bello climbs back inside the world’s top 20, at 20th, after a very brief absence following his tied 26th finish.
In a far lesser field at the European Tour’s ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth, Kiradech Aphibarnrat ran out winner over James Nitties in the final and is up to a career-high of 37th in the world, from 53rd, which is a striking stat given the status of the player.Embed from Getty Images
Nitties himself takes a gigantic leap from outside the world’s 1000 to 401st in just one week. He is not the only high finisher in Australia to make huge ranking strides: Sam Horsfield – fourth – is up 1276 places to 762nd whilst Callan O’Reilly (814th to 603rd) and Minwoo Lee (801st to 593rd) make more modest progress from tied fifth.
Other winners this week Liam Johnston (1181st to 786th), Julien De Poyen (1938th to 996th), Benjamin Taylor (1102nd to 412th) and Matias Calderon (1275th to 445th) all climb significantly.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
There’s no entry for Jason Day to extend his form this week but three of the world’s top four as well as McIlroy do give substantial weight to the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open.