Following on from the Masters, there’s just four upward moves inside the world’s top 20; all of those are for Americans.
One-shot winner Patrick Reed makes the biggest climb, from 24th to 11th, back towards his career high of seventh.Embed from Getty Images
The rest of the moves are ahead of Reed. Jordan Spieth – who made an enthralling late charge at Augusta to finish in solo third – rises a single place, ahead of Jon Rahm, back into third in the world whilst Rickie Fowler leapfrogs Hideki Matsuyama and Rory McIlroy into sixth after ending just shy of Reed in second.
And lastly, despite not playing since the first week of the year, US Open champion Brooks Koepka is up one spot to ninth in the world.
Australia’s Cameron Smith put out one of his best performances to date to finish in a tie for fifth at the Masters and, with a jump from 45th to 39th, improves his already-career-high ranking.
Eight shots back in tied 10th was Tony Finau, who is up to 32nd from 34th.
Across the board there are numerous minor moves following on from Augusta. Charley Hoffman (28th to 26th), Louis Oothuizen (31st to 28th), Adam Hadwin (43rd to 41st), Satoshi Kodaira (48th to 46th), Russell Henley (53rd to 48th), Bernd Wiesberger (57th to 55th) and Jimmy Walker (97th to 85th) all climb the rankings after making the Masters’ top 30.
It’s a poignant week for Tiger Woods, too. He did not impress to the level he might have hoped in Georgia, finishing in tied 32nd, but for the first time since March 2015 he is back inside the world’s top 100 as he moves from 103rd to 88th.
Outside the limelight of the year’s opening major, Johnson Poh took the Asian Development Tour’s PGM Johor Championship title and climbs over 250 places to 520th and the Pro Golf Tour’s Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia was won by Max Kramer whose ranking boosts from 1112th to 760th.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
There are two main events this week, the RBC Heritage and the Open de Espańa, but on the back of perhaps the most exciting golfing week of the year they could feel somewhat underwhelming.