Bryson DeChambeau has never sat higher in the world rankings than he does now, after his win at the Memorial Tournament pushed him up from 38th to 22nd.
A play-off victory was not quite enough to lift the American into the top 20 but, having ended 2017 at 99th, it shows some of the impressive form he has shown over the course of the year.
A tied fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open hopped DeChambeau up a minor 14 places to 85th; a second to Rory McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a month later saw him move to 61st; and four top 40s and two top fives in fives starts pushed him to 38th ahead of his second PGA Tour title this week.
To get to victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club DeChambeau overcame Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley in a play-off who both earn just reward for their fight with rises from 85th to 56th and 49th to 38th respectively.
Joaquin Niemann continued his electric start to professional golf by making his third top-10 in just five professional starts; in this time he has risen over 1300 places from outside the top 1500 and most recently jumped from 406th to 223rd with his tied sixth at the Memorial.
There are welcome rises, too, for Patrick Cantlay who finished fourth (36th to 29th – a career high), Peter Uihlein from fifth (60th to 48th – a career high) and Patrick Rodgers from tied eighth (148th to 124th – not a career high).
Tiger Woods failed to mount a Sunday charge and slipped to tied 23rd but that was enough to see him climb to 80th from 83rd.
The European Tour embarked on its second Rolex Series event of the season at the Italian Open one week after its first, the BMW PGA Championship. The latter was won by Francesco Molinari who came one shot shy of making it two titles in as many weeks in Italy. He does, however, solidify his place inside the top 20 by jumping two spots to 18th and knocking Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson both down a place in the process. On a week where 16 of the world’s top 20 took to the tee, that is surprisingly the only change inside it.
It was Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen who scalped the crown in Italy and his fifth European Tour win props him back inside the world’s top 100 to 75th from 129th. From solo third there’s also 130 place rise to 210th for Lee Slattery.
And, signficantly, after nearly two years of misery Danny Willett ended a run of 18 missed cuts or withdrawals and not a single top 15 in 27 starts – during which time he slipped from the world’s top 20 to 462nd. A tied eighth in Italy could spark hope into his career and boosts him back up to 401st.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.