Rory McIlroy started the DP World Tour Championship in third place in the overall world golf rankings, and he’s still No. 3 after winning it.
But my, how that gap has closed.
With the 2015 European Tour officially over, McIlroy is averaging 11.3198 points per start. He’s 0.4448 points behind No. 2 Jason Day (11.7646) and 0.4813 points behind No. 1 Jordan Spieth.
Spieth held the top spot for a third straight week, the longest stint of his short time at the top so far. He’s now been No. 1 for nine weeks total, tying Ernie Els for 14th place on the all-time list of weeks at No. 1.
The only change in the Top 10 saw Rickie Fowler jump Henrik Stenson for No. 6. Fowler has moved up four spots since the beginning of 2015, while Stenson has fallen five.
RSM Classic winner Kevin Kisner jumped inside the top 20 for the first time in his career, now ranked 17th. Not bad for a guy who started the year 236th in the world.
DP runner-up Andy Sullivan also had a nice gain, from 53rd to 36th. He was 150th at the end of 2014.
Tiger Woods, whose highlight this week was being named vice-captain of the US Ryder Cup team for 2016, dropped 10 spots to No. 394. He has fallen 362 places since the end of 2014.