Paul Casey has had two weeks of respite but his tied fifth finish at the Wells Fargo Championship a fortnight ago is still paying dividends. The 40-year-old has made his first appearance in the world’s top 10 since 2011 with a two place hop from 12th. Fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood has been dislodged from the top 10 in the process.
Also inside the top 20, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have all taken one place jumps to 14th, 17th and 18th despite no appearances this week.
With PGA and European Tour wins apiece last week, Aaron Wise and Adrian Otaegui have both made strides inside the world’s top 100.
Wise took home his first PGA Tour title at the AT&T Byron Nelson and is up to a career-high 66th, just two weeks after breaking into the top 100; Otaegui won Europe’s inaugural Belgian Knockout and, three weeks after he broke into the top 100, is up 25 places to 77th.
Wise’s closest challenger at Trinity Forest Golf Club was Marc Leishman, three shots back, who is unmoved as world-number-16. But tied third finishers Branden Grace, J.J. Spaun and Keith Mitchell move from 36th to 33rd, 160th to 129th and 168th to 134th respectively.
Meanwhile tied sixth finishers Jimmy Walker (56th to 54th), Kevin Na (78th to 75th) and Ryan Blaum (364th to 294th) are also all on the up.
Back over in Europe and Benjamin Hebert, who lost out to Otaegui in the Belgian Knockout final, has climbed 77 places to 140th whilst there are big rises too for third and fourth placed David Drysdale and James Heath from 349th to 258th and 693rd to 482nd.
The Japan Golf Tour again proved the weight of its fields with impressive top finishes at the Kansai Open Golf Championship. Ryuko Tokimatsu ran out winner and edges towards a first appearance in the top 100 by moving from 144th to 105th whilst tied second’s Shugo Imahira does break in from 116th to 99th.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
It’s a rarity that the European Tour takes centre stage ahead of the PGA Tour but that is the case this week with the BMW PGA Championship, offering a great opportunity for European frontrunners to mount a charge against the current US world ranking dominance.