In the absence of a ranking-points PGA Tour event last week, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed have moved in the world’s top 10 without appearances in two and three weeks respectively.
After a three week fall Rahm has leapfrogged Jordan Spieth back into the world-number-three spot following on from his Open de Espana win whilst Reed is still reaping the rewards of his Masters triumph moving back into the top 10 for the first time in over a year with a hop from 11th to 10th.
Sergio Garcia falls out of the top decad to 11th and Spieth is now in fourth and, along with Cameron Smith and Siwoo Kim swapping places to 39th and 40th respectively, those are the only changes inside the top 40.
Whilst there was a shortage of ranking events in the US, the European Tour rolled out a first-time winner in the shape of Alexander Björk who, after edging towards the top 100 for well over a year now, finally broke through from 112th to 73rd.Embed from Getty Images
Björk’s win came at the Volvo China Open and his runner-up, Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, and tied third’s Matt Wallace have earned a similar rewards by breaking the top 100 for the first time themselves; their positions are far less secure though with respective moves from 142nd to 99th and 107th to 91st.
Alongside Wallace in tied third was Jordan Smith and Jorge Campillo who are up 19 places to 109th and 10 places to 85th whilst Lucas Bjerregaard, solo sixth, climbs 38 places to 201st.
Following their spats of recent high finishes there are rises this week for Brendan Steele (46th to 44th), Zach Johnson (53rd to 52nd), Yusaku Miyazato (59th to 58th), Ryan Moore (62nd to 61st), Andrew Landry (66th to 64th), Paul Dunne (69th to 65th), Shubhankar Sharma (73rd to 71st) and Joost Luiten (76th to 75th).
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
The PGA Tour brings back a ranking event this week at the Wells Fargo Championship and more notably 12 of the world’s top 20 in its field to give the first star-studded field since Augusta National.