Biggest Movers: Noren cracks top 20 after latest win


Each week, 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 Alex Noren continues his climb with another win on the European Tour:

• Noren captured the British Masters to win his third title in his last eight starts in Europe. As a result, the Swede - who was outside the OWGR top 100 after the U.S. Open - is now up to No. 18 in the world.

• Brendan Steele's second career PGA Tour win at the Safeway Open helped the veteran climb 31 spots to No. 57, the highest ranking of his career.

• While he didn't earn his first victory, Patton Kizzire's runner-up in Napa allowed him to move into the OWGR top 100 at No. 79, a rise of 24 spots.

• France's Alex Levy followed his win at the Hero Challenge exhibition with a T-4 finish at the British Masters to jump 10 spots to No. 96 in the world.

• Hideki Matsuyama's win at the Japan Open helped him move up five spots in the rankings to No. 13, past a group that includes Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker.

Yuta Ikeda has now finished T-2 or better in four of his last five starts in Japan, including a runner-up this week behind Matsuyama that took him from No. 67 to No. 58 in the latest standings.

Lee Westwood shook off a disappointing Ryder Cup performance to finish third at the British Masters, jumping five spots to No. 45 and ensuring that he didn't drop outside the OWGR top 50 for the first time since the Masters.

• Kevin Na's closing 66 gave him a seventh-place finish in the season opener and allowed him to move up three spots to No. 36 in the world.

• After withdrawing from the Safeway Open to delay his return from injury, Tiger Woods fell another 16 spots to No. 802 in the world.