Fowler Climbs to No. 4; FedEx, Dubai Updates

Official World Golf Rankings

Rickie Fowler jumped both Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson to become the new No. 4 player in the latest Official World Golf Rankings, the high-water mark for the young American.

The ascension means that the top four players in the world are now 28 years old or younger – Fowler is 27, No. 1 Jordan Spieth is 22; No. 2 Jason Day is 28; and No. 3 Rory McIlroy is 26.

Speaking of McIlroy, he moved within striking distance of taking No. 2 back from Day with his third-place finsih at Abu Dhabi, which Fowler won. Day, who has yet to play in 2016, averages 10.3848 points; McIlroy is now at 10.2959.

Another third-place finisher at Abu Dhabi, Branden Grace, jumped from 16th to 11th over the weekend. He’s already the top-ranked South African in the world.

The biggest jump of the week came from Jason Dufner, who surged from 120th to 60th on the strength of his win at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Spieth spent his 12th straight week at No. 1 and 18th overall.  Tiger Woods slipped four more spots to No. 426.

FedEx Cup Standings

Kevin Kisner became the first player to reach 1,000 points thanks to his fourth top 10 finish of the year last weekend, maintaining his No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings. Kisner has 1,073, giving him a 153-point lead over Russell Knox. Winning the CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday moved Jason Dufner from 30th up to eighth with an even 700 points.

Race to Dubai Standings

He didn’t win Abu Dhabi on Sunday but Henrik Stenson’s third-place finish has given him a huge early lead in the Race to Dubai standings. Stenson has 817,000 points in just two events. Branden Grace is second with 384,000 points in four events.

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