A second win of the season at the Honda Classic for Justin Thomas has shot the 24-year-old back up to third in the world.
The rise of Jon Rahm up to second knocked Thomas down to fourth, and Jordan Spieth down to third, in the first week of the year but Thomas now leapfrogs Spieth back inside the top trio.
Thomas and second-placed Luke List both birdied the 18th to set up a play-off that Thomas won at the first attempt. List’s best career-finish to date, though, has seen him climb to 73rd, from 124th, which is the first time he’s sat inside the top 100.Embed from Getty Images
Earlier in the round both Alex Noren and Tommy Fleetwood found themselves in the lead but faded to third and fourth respectively. Fleetwood now has the top 10 in his sights for the first time as he moves from 12th to 11th – his best ranking to date – whilst Noren moves back towards it up two places to 14th.
After his highest full-field finish since August 2015, Tiger Woods is up 155 places to 389th. That’s the first time he’s been inside the top 400 in over two years.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile there we decent rises for Webb Simpson (45th to 41st) and Byeong Hun An (98th to 84th) from tied fifth, Jamie Lovemark (111th to 98th) from seventh, Emiliano Grillo (86th to 76th) and Kelly Kraft (234th to 198th) from tied eighth and Dylan Frittelli (47th to 43rd) from 11th whilst Sam Burns – tied eighth with Grillo and Kraft – climbs over 200 places to 388th.
At the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Eddie Pepperell claimed his maiden career win by one stroke over Oliver Fisher. Pepperell rises 62 places to 92nd whilst Fisher is up to 237th from 369th.Embed from Getty Images
Marcus Kinhult’s third-place in the UAE pushes him from 231st to 184th whilst Renato Paratore bounced back from four consecutive missed cuts with a tied fourth which gains him 23 places back to 153rd. Alongside Paratore was Spanish duo Pablo Larrazábal (135th to 122nd) and Gonzalo Fernández-Castańo (701st to 529th) and Frenchman Grégory Havret (484th to 393rd) who all take rises.
There’s some delayed rises for Paul Casey (19th to 17th) and Francesco Molinari (24th to 22nd) near the top despite neither player making a start this week.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
The first big-time tournament of the year rolls up this week at the WGC-Mexico Championship with 15 of the world’s top 20 set to tee it up, all gunning for big world ranking points.