It’s been three years since Ian Poulter last sat as high as he now does in the world rankings following his Houston Open title.
With his win at the Golf Club of Houston, Poulter has snatched the last place at this week’s Masters and a world ranking jump from 51st to 29th, where he last sat in July 2015.
It’s also the first time the 42-year-old has sat inside the top 50 since he fell out of it in October 2015.
He only got to that win by beating Beau Hossler on the first hole of a play-off; as consolation for Hossler, he breaks the top 200 and the top 100 for the first time in his career simultaneously with a jump from 214th to 88th.
Emiliano Grillo racked up his best PGA Tour finish since 2016 with a tied third in Houston and he boosts his ranking six places to 69th. He was alongside world-number-four Jordan Spieth in tied third, who is unmoved (as is everyone in the top 10).
On his 12th PGA Tour start Sam Ryder put in his best performance to date and ended in solo fifth. His ranking improves 95 places to 226th.
There’s a big difference in ranking fortunes for tied sixth duo Henrik Stenson and Keith Mitchell; Stenson is up just a single place to 14th (knocking fellow-Swede Alex Noren down to 15th), but Mitchell rises from 228th to 180th.
And from down in tied eighth, all of Russell Henley (56th to 53rd), Julian Suri (72nd to 67th), Paul Dunne (78th to 75th), Abraham Ancer (221st to 185th) and Matt Every (790th to 553rd) make climbs but Matt Kuchar doesn’t escape 20th.
From inside the world’s top 20 there are four more movements along with Stenson and Noren’s change. Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood swap places to 11th and 12th respectively and Bubba Watson (continuing to prosper from his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play win) and Pat Perez swap places to 19th and 21st respectively, despite none of the above playing this week.
Similarly, Tiger Woods has had two weeks out of the game but is continuing to edge towards the top century with a second consecutive single-place rise to 103rd. Sam Burns went toe-to-toe with Woods at the Valspar Championship in March and won the web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship yesterday. He is now up 111 places to a career-high of 165th in the world.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
We don’t need to tell you what event it is this week, so there will be world ranking points aplenty to match the excitement and drama at Augusta National.