With a second US Open win in as many years, Brooks Koepka has reaffirmed the US dominance in golf by becoming the fourth American inside the world’s top five.
Koepka is up from ninth and fourth and now joins Dustin Johnson (first), Justin Thomas (second) and Jordan Spieth (fifth) inside the top five, replacing Spaniard Jon Rahm.
With a solo third finish at Shinnecock Hills, Johnson has strengthened his hold on the summit of the rankings by extending the gap between himself and Thomas from 0.3 points to 1.2 points.
There is some good news for Europe, though. Tommy Fleetwood fired a joint low-round in US Open history of 63 on Sunday to take solo second and he is the only other positive movement inside the world’s top 10 this week. He hops two places from 12th to 10th.
Patrick Reed finished three shots off the pace in solo fourth he is also up two spots to 11th. In the process he and Fleetwood knock Hideki Matsuyama and Paul Casey down two places each to 12th and 13th respectively.
Completing the list of the US Open top five is Tony Finau who slipped to solo fifth having begun the day in a share of the lead; there is some consolation in a ranking rise from 37th to 31st.
Europeans Henrik Stenson (tied sixth) and Francesco Molinari (tied 25th) hang alongside each other with moves from 17th to 14th and 18th to 15th after the year’s second major. And we promise we won’t talk about that Phil Mickelson incident again – promise! – but he is rewarded with a top-20-consolidating move from 20th to 19th.
Top 10 finishers Justin Rose (third), Webb Simpson (21st) and Tyrrell Hatton (23rd) are unmoved in the rankings but Xander Schauffele (26th to 24th) and Daniel Berger (43rd to 40th) are both on the up.
There are more rises for high US Open finishers Kiradech Aphibarnrat (31st to 29th), Haotong Li (45th to 43rd), Jason Dufner (53rd to 48th), Zach Johnson (60th to 54th), Russell Henley (58th to 55th), Jhonattan Vegas (70th to 67th) and Bill Haas (88th to 86th).
Tiger Woods was left wanting after a 78 and 72 caused him to miss the cut by two shots; however his world ranking is now up to 79th, extending his highest position since March 2015.
Believe it or not, there were other events going on alongside the US Open last week and they have paid dividends for the winners. Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters winner on the PGA EuroPro Tour, Chris Gane, breaks the top 1000 from 1816th to 986th; Stuart Manley won the European Challenge Tour’s Hauts de France Golf Open and jumps from 351st to 213th; and the Korean Tour’s KEB Hana Bank International title was snatched up by Sanghyun Park who threatens his career high by jumping from 178th to 146th.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
It may be a slight knock back to reality this week on the back of the US Open but the Travelers Championship from TPC River Highlands is actually playing host to five of the world’s top 10 offering quite an impressive field in a week following a major.