It’s been mostly hard times for Oliver Wilson since he cracked the top 50 in the world and represented Europe at the 2008 Ryder Cup.
On Sunday, though, the 34-year-old ended a 227-event winless drought and won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, holding off (among others) Rory McIlroy during the final round at St. Andrews.
The surprising victory vaulted Wilson a whopping 636 spots in the world ranking – from No. 792 to No. 156.
Prior to this victory, Wilson’s best result this season was a tie for 17th at the Challenge Tour’s Kenya Open. He had missed three of his last four cuts on Europe’s developmental circuit.
Led by No. 9 Matt Kuchar, four of the top-26 players in the world will tee it up this week at the Frys.com Open, the first event on the 2014-15 PGA Tour schedule. Defending champion Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama, Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood are also in the field.
Here is the top 10 in the world heading into the Frys: McIlroy, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.