Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Bubba Watson claimed his first World
Golf Championship event on Sunday in China and that helped him move to No. 3
in this week’s world rankings.
Watson, who improved four spots in the rankings, became the 14th player to win
a WGC and a major championship. Watson won his second Masters title back in
Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott again remained the top two players in the world,
and were followed by Watson.
Watson’s move bumped Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose
down one spot apiece and they rank fourth through seventh. Jason Day was No. 8
again this week.
Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar exchanged spots with Fowler, who shared third at
the WGC-HSBC Champions, inching up to ninth and Kuchar dipping to 10th. Phil
Mickelson held steady at No. 11.
Martin Kaymer shared sixth place behind Watson and improved one spot to 12th.
Billy Horschel dipped a spot to 13th, while Jordan Spieth was 14th again this
Graeme McDowell tied for third with Fowler and that helped the former U.S.
Open champ improve two spots to 15th. That move bumped Dustin Johnson and Zach
Johnson down to 16th and 17th.
Jimmy Walker held steady at No. 18, while Chris Kirk and Hunter Mahan both
improved two places to 19th and 20th. Those moves pushed Victor Dubuisson and
Tiger Woods out of the top 20 and down three spots each to 22nd and 23rd.
Nick Taylor earned his first PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Championship
and he skyrocketed 356 places to No. 210 this week.