Jason Day has continued his gradual return to the summit of the world rankings with a win at the Wells Fargo Championship that halves his ranking from 14th to seventh.
It was Day’s second win of the year and came on his first start since the Masters, and it puts him up to his highest ranking since late September.Embed from Getty Images
As a result Day knocks Rory McIlroy down from seventh to eighth, Hideki Matsuyama from eighth to ninth and Brooks Koepka from ninth to 11th.
For his victory Day overcame Nick Watney and Aaron Wise by two shots. The former falls agonisingly short of a return to the top 100 for the first time since 2014 with a move from 261st to 101st. But 21-year-old Wise does edge into the top 100 – from 206th to 96th – for the first time in his young career.
There are rises too for Bryson DeChambeau from fourth (49th to 42nd); Paul Casey (13th to 12th) and Peter Uihlein (66th to 55th) from tied fifth; and Luke List (54th to 50th), Charl Schwartzel (67th to 62nd), Emiliano Grillo (72nd to 65th) and Sam Saunders (211th to 168th) from tied ninth. But Patrick Reed (10th) and Phil Mickelson (19th) are unmoved after finishing eighth and tied fifth respectively.
Over in Europe it was the second outing of the European Tour’s GolfSixes event; it’s innovative, current and exciting, but it’s not acknowledged by world ranking points so there’s no ranking points for Ireland’s winners Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan.
There will be plenty of ranking points on offer this week, though, at the unofficial fifth major. The entirety of the world’s top 50 will be out in force at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass striving to win one of the most prestigious titles in the game, and just about the maximum number of world ranking points they could ever go for.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.