Rankings, FedEx, Dubai Updates: February 16, 2016

Official World Golf Rankings

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel climbed to No. 31 in the world with his win at the Tshwane Open on Sunday, having now moved up 12 spots since the start of 2016.

American Jordan Spieth remained No. 1 for a 15th straight week and 21st overall. Next Monday he will catch Lee Westwood for the 10th-most weeks spent at No. 1.

Jason Day reclaimed the No. 2 spot from Rory McIlroy, moving ahead of the Northern Irishman by a margin of 10.0114-9.8580 average points per tournament.

In other top 10 news, Branden Grace of South Africa finally breached the elite upper echelon, rising to No. 10 and displacing Jim Furyk to 11th. The American has slid six spots since the early stages of 2015. Grace will have to keep up his stellar play to keep hold of the position though, he’s less than 0.06 average points ahead of Furyk, and just 0.196 ahead of Hideki Matsuyama.

Furyk isn’t the only former top 10 talent in the slide. Spain’s Sergio Garcia dropped two spots to No. 18 after finishing 2015 ranked 11th, and Adam Scott, who was ranked No. 1 as late as August of 2014, has fallen to 19th, just one spot ahead of a resurgent Phil Mickelson, who finished second at Pebble Beach Sunday, and has climbed 14 spots already this year.

Pebble Beach winner Vaughn Taylor leapt 347 spots from 447th to 100th with the victory, his first since 2005.

Tiger Woods, who made some rumblings that he could return at Augusta this April, dropped four spots to No. 444.

 

Race to Dubai Standings

Charl Schwartzel climbed to fourth in the latest Race to Dubai standings thanks to his victory at the Tshwane Open on Sunday.

Schwartzel has 530,984 points through three European Tour events so far this year. He trails Henrik Stenson (895,884), Branden Grace (765,255), and Danny Willett (651,116).

 

FedEx Cup Standings

Brandt Snedeker overtook Kevin Kisner to take over first place in the latest FedEx Cup standings released on Sunday. Snedeker has 1,083 points, Kisner 1,073.

Pebble Beaach winner Vaughn Taylor flew into contention, jumping from 183rd to 15th with 557 points. He had just 57 prior to Sunday. He’s one spot ahead of Phil Mickelson, who climbed from 58th to 16th with his runner-up finish.

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