Rickie Fowler Rises to No. 5

Scoring a win at the Scottish Classic saw American Rickie Fowler rise from ninth to fifth in the latest Official World Golf Rankings released on Monday.

The US now has five of the six golfers in the world – everyone ranked between second and sixth in Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Fowler, and Jim Furyk.

If he win The Open Championship this weekend, Spieth will overtake the injured Rory McIlroy for the No. 1 spot in the world. No man has won the first three Majors of the year in succession since Ben Hogan did so in 1953.

While he’s still a long way from the Top 100, the man who took Spieth to a playoff at the John Deere Classic saw a remarkable jump in the rankings. Forty-six-year-old Tom Gillis rose from No. 643 to No. 277 with his second-place finish, while third-place finisher Danny Lee rose from 78th to 69th.

Lee was 220nd at the end of 2014.

An idle Tiger Woods fell from 226th to 241st. Woods will be in action this week at The Open Championship, which he has won three times and finished in the top six two of the last three years.

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