Just one tournament remains on the 2014 golf calendar: the season-ending Dubai Open on the Asian Tour.
The inaugural (and unofficial) event, which features a $500,000 purse, is headlined by David Lipsky, Anirban Lahiri and Prom Meesawat, so the Official World Golf Ranking is pretty much settled for the rest of the year.
Lee Westwood’s win in Thailand bumped him up from No. 43 to No. 26 – just one spot behind where he finished 2013. Greg Chalmers’ rise was even more dramatic, jumping from No. 334 to No. 173 after his lengthy playoff victory over No. 3 Adam Scott at the Australian PGA. South African Branden Grace moved from No. 117 to No. 82 after his runaway win at the Alfred Dunhill.
The top 50 players in the world at year’s end receive invitations to the Masters, and currently that spot falls to Kevin Streelman, who is more than .03 points ahead of No. 51 Danny Willett. (Streelman is already exempt into the Masters by virtue of his win at the Travelers.) Players such as Brandt Snedeker and Francesco Molinari will need to move into the top 50 by the qualifying cutoff in the spring if they want to play at Augusta.
Here is the top 10 in the world rankings: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.