Biggest movers: Herman surges in world rankings

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look at the players who made moves up - and down - the various ranking systems in the world of golf.

Here's a look at this week's Biggest Movers, as a journeyman finally gets his maiden victory and snags the final invite to the Masters in the process:

  • Jim Herman held on for a one-shot win at the Shell Houston Open for his first career PGA Tour title. The victory was only Herman's sixth career top-10 finish, but it jumped him up 123 spots in the latest world rankings to No. 68.
  • This marks Herman's best career world ranking, easily supplanting his previous high water mark of No. 176 after the RSM Classic in November.
  • The victory also moves Herman from No. 88 to No. 15 in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race, ahead of 2014 participants Matt Kuchar, Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk.
  • Henrik Stenson's second-place finish was his eighth worldwide runner-up since he last won back in 2013, and it was good enough to jump Adam Scott for No. 6 in the world after spending four straight weeks at No. 7.
  • Dustin Johnson's third-place finish in Houston moved him to second in the U.S. Ryder Cup race, ahead of Bubba Watson and behind only Jordan Spieth.
  • Johnson also remains ahead of Patrick Reed for the fourth and final qualifying spot on the U.S. Olympic team, behind Spieth, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.
  • Charl Schwartzel (T-13 in Houston) moved up one spot to No. 20 in the world. While he's still behind both Louis Oosthuizen (No. 11) and Branden Grace (No. 13), he would earn South Africa an additional Olympic qualifying spot should he move inside the OWGR top 15 by the July deadline.
  • After his second top-five finish in as many weeks, Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello moved up three spots to a career-best No. 33 in the world.
  • Following missed cuts in Houston, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan both fell out of the OWGR top 100. For Bradley (No. 101), it's his lowest ranking since he won the 2011 PGA Championship, while Mahan is outside the top 100 for the first time since his first win at the 2007 Travelers Championship.