Matsuyama Closing on Spieth, Top 5

With less than a month to go until the start of 2017, the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings are looking quite different than they did at the end of 2015.

Three men have joined the top 10 who were not there on January 1, 2016: Hideki Matsuyama, ranked sixth, Adam Scott, ranked seventh, and Alex Noren, ranked ninth. Matsuyama was 15 at the end of 2015, Scott 12th, and Noren 96th.

Matsuyama won his fourth title in five starts on Sunday, and trails No. 5 Jordan Spieth by less than a point.  On the other end of the Top 10, Bubba Watson is dangerously close to falling out, barely leading Rickie Fowler.

The biggest move inside the top 100 this week came from South Africa’s Brandon Stone, who leapt from 107th to 75th with his win at the Alfred Dunhill Championships. He’s risen 177 spots this year.

And Tiger Woods at last did some moving as well, jumping from 898th to 650th following his 15th place finish in the Hero Challenge.

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