Justin Rose’s rally from eight strokes back to win the WGC-HSBC title on Sunday in Shanghai gave him a huge shot in the arm in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) as he rose from 13th to sixth in the world.
“To win a WGC is just amazing, they count for so much on both tours,” Rose said. “It’s an incredible start to my 2018 PGA Tour campaign and gives me a real shot in the Race to Dubai as well.”
There was a ton of movement in the Top 10, a rarity for a tournament late in the season that was not part of the FedEx Cup or the Final Series. Brooks Koepka, who finished third at Shanghai, rose from 11th to seventh, his new career high, and Henrik Stenson climbed from 9th to 8th by finishing fourth.
The moves, along with some notable absences from the tournament, led to some famous names in odd places:
- Rory McIlroy dropped to No. 9. He was No. 2 to start the year.
- Jason Day dropped out of the top 10 to No. 11. he was No. 1 to start the year.
- Sergio Garcia fell back to 12th after rising to No. 10 a week ago.
Despite blowing his 54-hole lead, Dustin Johnson remains No. 1 by a wide margin, nearly 2 full points ahead of No. 2 Jordan Spieth.