Spending just four weeks atop the pile, Justin Thomas has become the third shortest holder of the world-number-one spot as he slips behind Dustin Johnson into second this week.

In contrast, after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic by an unassailable six shots Johnson is now enjoying his 65th week at the summit which puts him behind only Rory McIlroy (95 weeks), Nick Faldo (97 weeks), Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Tiger Woods (683 weeks) in duration as number one.

Embed from Getty Images

Just three spots down, Jordan Spieth hasn’t posted a top 20 in four starts and didn’t even play last week, but he has still leapfrogged Jon Rahm in fourth in the rankings to make up the only other top 10 change.

Johnson’s victory at TPC Southwind was heartache for Andrew Putnam who shared the lead at the start of Sunday; chasing his first PGA Tour win, Putnam failed to get moving during the final round and had to settle for solo second. His ranking takes a healthy and significant rise from 273rd to 150th though, his highest to date.

J.B. Holmes fired a final-round 67 to sit in solo third and is back inside the top 100 after a two month absence, moving from 118th to 93rd. Whilst Stewart Cink (181st to 149th) and Richy Werenski (297th to 227th) both earn the rewards of their tied fourth position in Memphis.

There are lesser rises, too, for tied sixth finishers Chez Reavie (57th to 50th), Brandt Snedeker (92nd to 89th), Austin Cook (114th to 102nd), Chris Kirk (130th to 116th), Trey Mullinax (187th to 164th) and Retief Goosen (344th to 286th).

The inaugural Shot Clock Masters on the European Tour put pros’ playing time under the microscope and – also by a six shot margin – Mikko Korhonen aced the test ahead of the pack. The Finn climbs to a career high of 110th, up from 200th last week.

Embed from Getty Images

The biggest boost from Austria goes to Connor Syme who had missed five of the previous six cuts before taking second at Diamond Country Club. His ranking move is a mere 482 places to 354th.

As always there are some unexplained ranking shifts from players not in action last week. All of Paul Casey (12th to 11th), Marc Leishman (16th to 14th), Alex Noren (17th to 16th), Ross Fisher (42nd to 41st), Cameron Smith (43rd to 42nd), Haotong Li (46th to 45th) and Brendan Steele (51st to 48th) sat out last week but have shifted up a few places in the top 50.

The full, updated rankings can be found here.

It was slim pickings for ranking points last week with very few of the world’s top names in action but, rest assured, they will all gunning at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the US Open this week.

Advertisements