As his resounding return to golf continues, Tiger Woods has cut his world ranking by well over 200 places following his tied second finish at the Valspar Championship.
Woods began the final-round one shot off the lead and finished the final-round the same margin back, but climbs from 388th to 149th and back towards the top 100 as a result.Embed from Getty Images
Alongside Woods was Patrick Reed – after he lost a share of the lead with a bogey on the 72nd – who is back on the up after a continual downward spiral since September with a four place hop to 23rd.
Paul Casey ran out winner at Innisbrook Resort, his first PGA Tour title in nine years, and he climbs five places to 12th; that’s the highest he has been since early November 2016.Embed from Getty Images
A joint-round-of-the-week 65 snuck Sergio Garcia into solo fourth and he breaks back into the top 10, up two places from 11th, as a result. From tied fifth Justin Rose is unmoved but Rory Sabbatini is up 75 places to 194th – in a rare world ranking tie – with Sam Saunders.
Jim Furyk put in his best performance in over a year to finish seventh and moves from 235th to 174th as a result.
After holding tied eighth, Webb Simpson (42nd to 41st), Branden Grace (28th to 27th), Jason Kokrak (122nd to 108th) and Trey Mullinax (392nd to 314th) all take rises of different proportions, whilst Sam Burns made it two PGA Tour top 12s in as many starts and pushes to 304th. He’s now up almost 300 places from his position prior to the Honda Classic.
Adam Hadwin (44th to 42nd), Cameron Smith (52nd to 50th), Adam Scott (58th to 56th), Luke List (73rd to 69th), Brandt Snedeker (74th to 72nd), Ollie Schniederjans (83rd to 81st), Jimmy Walker (89th to 85th) and Jamie Lovemark (100th to 92nd) are all on the move after finishing further down the leaderboard in Florida.
Kirdadech Aphibarnrat made a surprising trip to the Asian Development Tour’s Richard Mille Brunei Championship last week. Less surprisingly, he ran out convincing winner by six shots and is up five places to 31st.
There was a first play-off of the season in a regular European Tour event at the Hero Indian Open. Matt Wallace overcame Andrew Johnston in that play-off for his second tour title and breaks the top 100 for first time in his career – up a total of 58 places to 94th. Beef gets a healthy rise of his own, despite coming up short, to 125th from 160th.
Shubhankar Sharma is currently taking the world by storm and, with a tied seventh on home soil, is up another two places to 64th. That’s now a total rise of 398 places since his Joburg Open win in December.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.