Holmes Rises to 12th in New Rankings

Shell Houston Open champion J.B. Holmes shot up eight spots in the latest Official World Golf Rankings with his victory Sunday, rising to No. 12 in the world.

Jordan Spieth, who finished third in a playoff behind Holmes, remained No. 4 in the world, but is within striking distance of both No. 3 Bubba Watson and No. 2 Henrik Stenson heading into the Masters. Both Spieth and Watson have lots of points to defend at Augusta, as Watson won the event and Spieth finished second a year ago.

The only movement in the top 10 this week was Jim Furyk reclaiming No. 8 from Sergio Garcia.

Shell Houston Open runner-up Johnson Wagner soared from No. 495 up to No. 207 for his efforts, although if he could have defeated Holmes he would have qualified for the Masters this week.

It was a dramatic turn of events for Wagner, who to date in the 2015 season has missed two cuts and finished no higher than 55th in two others. He seems to get along famously in Houston however, where he won the tournament in 2008.

Tiger Woods, who announced he will play the Masters after two months away from the PGA Tour, slid to No. 111 this week, a drop of seven spots.

Rory McIlroy retained the No. 1 ranking for a 35th straight week, and 74th overall in his career. He is fourth all-time in cumulative weeks at No. 1, 23 behind No.3 Nick Faldo (97). His 35 straight weeks at No. 1 is the 13th longest streak in the history of the rankings. In another six weeks, he’ll pass Luke Donald’s stint of 40 weeks during 2011-2012, and should be in the Top 10 in that category by the time of the Open Championship in July.


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