Jordan Spieth’s tie for seventh at the WGC-HSBC Champions was enough to send him back to No. 1 in the world ranking.
Spieth, who has two more events this year (Australian Open and Hero World Challenge), holds a narrow lead over Jason Day, who was idle last week. Rory McIlroy is No. 3 in the world, and the rest of the top 10 remained unchanged.
“Everyone is pushing each other a little bit,” Spieth told reporters in Shanghai, “and when that No. 1 ranking slips away, it leaves some unrest in you and you really want to get back at it.”
Russell Knox jumped from No. 85 to No. 31 in the world after his breakthrough victory in Shanghai, while Sanderson Farms champion Peter Malnati moved from No. 350 to No. 187.
Phil Mickelson dropped out of the top 25 in the world (now 27th) for the first time in more than 20 years. Tiger Woods dropped from No. 362 to No. 378.
The current top 10: 1. Spieth, 2. Day, 3. McIlroy, 4. Bubba Watson, 5. Rickie Fowler, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Henrik Stenson, 8. Dustin Johnson, 9. Jim Furyk, 10. Zach Johnson.