Bubba Watson won for the first time outside the United States on Sunday to become the highest-ranked American in the Official World Golf Ranking.
After his stunning playoff victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Watson became only the fourth player in history to win both a major and a WGC event in the same year, joining Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy. As a result, Watson jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 in the world, matching his highest-ever ranking. (Watson was No. 3 as recently as July, after his win at the Masters and a third-place showing at the Memorial.)
Tim Clark, whose par on the first extra hole wasn’t enough to extend the sudden-death playoff, jumped from No. 103 to No. 58 for his solo second. Rickie Fowler crept into the single digits for the first time, to No. 9, after his T-3 finish, while Graeme McDowell is up to No. 15.
Stateside, rookie Nick Taylor won the opposite-field Sanderson Farms event to earn a two-year exemption on Tour. His surprising win vaulted him more than 350 spots, from No. 566 to No. 210.
Here is the top 10 in the world heading into the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the final event during the fall portion of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season: world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Watson, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Fowler and Matt Kuchar.