Johnson moves to No. 7 in OWGR after victory

By Will GrayMarch 9, 2015, 12:21 pm

Dustin Johnson is again among the top 10 in the world rankings after his one-shot win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Johnson's victory was his third top-five finish in five starts since returning from a six-month leave of absence. He jumped from No. 16 to No. 7 in the latest world rankings, his highest spot in the standings since February 2012. Johnson was No. 16 in the world when he took his break from competition on July 31, and this marks his first return to the top 10 in the world since he was ranked No. 10 on March 30, 2014.

After his runner-up finish at Trump National Doral, J.B. Holmes jumped 22 spots to No. 19 in the OWGR, the highest ranking of his career. Holmes also lost a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open last month, and he has made one of the biggest moves in the rankings over the last year, having been ranked outside the top 500 last March.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

After capturing his first PGA Tour win in a five-man playoff at the Puerto Rico Open, 44-year-old Alex Cejka moved from No. 285 to No. 163 in the rankings. Sam Saunders, a runner-up in Puerto Rico, rose from No. 467 to No. 334, while Emiliano Grillo cracked the top 100 for the first time with his T-2 finish, jumping 14 spots from No. 110 to No. 96.

The top three spots remain the same, with Rory McIlroy followed by Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson. Adam Scott jumped fellow Aussie Jason Day at No. 4, while Day is followed by Jim Furyk and Johnson. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth round out the top 10.

As his self-imposed break from competition continues, Tiger Woods slipped four more spots to No. 79 in the rankings - just behind Sangmoon Bae and one spot ahead of Padraig Harrington.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.