Lowry Into World Top 20 with Win

Ireland’s Shane Lowry surged from 44th to 19th in the latest Official World Golf rankings on the back of his win Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone.

American Jim Furyk, who finished tied for third at Bridgestone, moved up from sixth to fourth, giving the US a three-man bloc from No. 2 to No. 4 of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, and Furyk.

Still injured, Rory McIlroy still celebrated his 54th straight week at No. 1, tying Greg Norman for the seventh-longest streak in history.

Overall, it’s McIlroy’s 93rd week at No. 1, four strokes behind Nick Faldo’s 97 for the third-most ever.

Robert Streb, who finished tied for fifth, moved up 10 spots from 50th to 40th. Streb has quietly been one of the most improved golfers in the world this year, with one win and seven top 10 finishes. He has earned $3.4 million in prize money so far this season, after starting the year ranked 91st.

After a one-week rise, the idle Tiger Woods again fell, this time 16 places to No. 278.  Woods has not finished in the Top 10 of the PGA Championship since a second-place finishh in 2009. He missed the cut last year and finished tied for 40th in 2013.

He has previously won the PGA Championship four times: 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007.

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