Weekly winners Pat Perez and Tyrrell Hatton joined the top 20 this week as the race to the Final Series on the European Tour heats up.
American Pat Perez, 41, won the CIMB Classic by four strokes to climb from 31st to 20th in the rankings. Brit Tyrrell Hatton, who just turned 26, won the Italian Open to rise from 22nd to 17th.
The pair combined to displace Rafael Cabrera Bello and Louis Oosthuizen from the top 20.
There was no movement in the top 10, where American Dustin Johnson remained No. 1 for a 34th consecutive week. Johnson’s 34 weeks atop the rankings is the 10th-most weeks a golfer has stayed No. 1 ever, two ahead of Vijay Singh’s (32).
Ten more weeks at No. 1 will get Johnson to ninth place, tied with Nick Price. If he can make it to February 19, 2018, Johnson will mark a full year at No. 1, something that has been done just twice since 2010 – by Tiger Woods (March 25, 2013 to May 17, 2014) and Rory McIlroy (August 3, 2014 to August 15, 2015).
The US continues to dominate the top 10 rankings with 3 of the top 4 and 5 of the top 10. The Final Series forthcoming on the European Tour could shake up those rankings a bit, and get Rory McIlroy back in the top 5. He’s currently ranked No. 6 after finishing last year ranked No. 2.
Of the players ranked in the top 10 at the end of 2016, only six remain, and former No. 1 Jason Day is down to ninth. Of the other four:
- #9 Alex Noren of Sweden is now 15th
- #8 Patrick Reed of US is now 23rd
- #7 Adam Scott of Australia is now 25th
- #10 Bubba Watson is now 58th
The biggest leaps into the top 100 so far this year are:
- Jon Rahm up 132 spots from #137 to #5
- Tommy Fleetwood up 81 spots from #99 to #18
- Pat Perez up 98 spots from #118 to #20
- Xander Schauffele up 270 spots from #299 to #29
- Brian Harman up 109 spots from #141 to #32
- Russell Henley up 80 spots from #128 to #48
- Kyle Stanley up 205 spots from #258 to 53
and last but certainly not least, American Patrick Cantlay up 1,796 spots from #1,866 to #70.