For the first time since 2003, Bubba Watson didn’t post a single top three last year and it saw him drop from inside the world’s top 10 to a low of 117th.
But with his first win since 2016 at the Genesis Open yesterday, Watson is back up 77 places to 40th.Embed from Getty Images
The American finished two shots clear of native duo Tony Finau and Kevin Na who are up from 41st to 33rd – a career-high – and 95th to 65th respectively.
Patrick Cantlay looked to be in contention for his second PGA Tour title of the season before ending in tied fourth alongside Scott Stallings. Cantlay is up to a career-high of his own in 34th from 39th whilst Stallings breaches the top 200 up to 143rd.
From tied sixth at Riviera Country Club, Adam Hadwin has done enough to creep inside the top 50 – up seven places from 57th – just in time to qualify for next month’s WGC-Mexico Championship.
Meanwhile Phil Mickelson’s exciting form continued with a tied sixth to make it three consecutive top six finishes. Lefty is reaping the rewards having climbed from 49th to 32nd in the past three weeks, up three places today. Xander Schauffele, tied ninth, climbs three places to an all-time high of 22nd.Embed from Getty Images
Imitating Bubba, Joost Luiten won the inaugural NBO Oman Open for his first title since 2016. The Dutchman rises from 90th to 68th as a result. In second was Chris Wood who has shot himself back into the top 100 after falling out earlier this year, with a 19-place jump to 90th.
Inside the world’s top 20, Tommy Fleetwood (to 12th), Matt Kuchar (to 17th) and Pat Perez (to 18th) all take one-place hops following top 50 finishes all-round.
Less-recognised winners from the weekend Michele Cea (1561st to 891st), Daniel Fox (919th to 573rd), Joachim B Hansen (510th to 440th) and Jaco Ahlers (470th to 273rd) all take lofty jumps on the back of their success.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.