Despite no win since 2011, Kevin Na has done a fantastic job of hanging around the top of the world rankings.
Apart from a six-month fall between 2013 and 2014, Na hasn’t left the world’s top 100 since breaking through in 2009. And now – with a five-shot win at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier – Na is back up to 41st from 65th. That’s the highest he’s been since late 2016.
Kelly Kraft was the closest man to Na at The Old White TPC and, in contrast to Na, has taken a big step towards a first appearance in the world’s top century. He climbs 62 places to 124th.
Further down the leaderboard Brandt Sneaker (95th to 86th) and Jason Kokrak (144th to 118th) finished tied third and are both on the up, as are tied fifth finishers Austin Cook (109th to 99th), Sam Saunders (196th to 175th), Joel Dahmen (353rd to 298th), and the rampant Joaquin Niemann (203d to 171st) who began the year outside the top 1500. Harold Varner III is unmoved in 184th, though, despite also finishing in tied fifth.
Over in Europe Russell Knox won the fourth Rolex Series event of the year at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and scrapes into the top 50 with a jump from 87th to 49th. He only got there by edging out Ryan Fox in a play-off who is up from 124th to Knox’s previous spot of 87th.
Jorge Campillo (88th to 73rd), Erik van Rooyen (163rd to 139th), Zander Lombard (581st to 439th), Danny Willett (442nd to 337th) and Andy Sullivan (110th to 100th) also make moves after top 10 finishes in Ireland.
For the first time in over a month, the world’s top 10 is completely unchanged. Dustin Johnson still heads the elite, Justin Thomas trails closely behind and Justin Rose completes the top trio.
There are some changes just outside the top 10 though, with Bubba Watson and Paul Casey up to 11th and 12th respectively and Francesco Molinari – one week after his Quicken Loans National win – to 15th. Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama both fall as a result, from 11th to 13th and 15th to 16th.
The full, updated rankings can be found here.
A lot of Americans are joining the European ensemble for the ASI Scottish Open this week in the final prep week ahead of The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie.