Bowditch, Kjeldsen make world rankings leaps


Thanks to their wins Sunday, Steven Bowditch and Soren Kjeldsen made dramatic moves up the Official World Golf Ranking, with Bowditch putting himself in position to play two of the year's final three majors.

The Aussie's victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson both qualified him for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and vaulted him from 127th to 65th in the rankings. If he can crack the top 60 by June 15, he'll earn an invitation to Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open.

Kjeldsen, meanwhile, jumped a whopping 198 spots, from 303 to 105th, with his first European Tour title since 2009 and cracked the field of the WGC-Bridgestone in August.

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As those two advanced their rankings and prospects, there was also more than the usual amount of fluctuation in the OWGR top 10. Bubba Watson reclaimed the No. 3 spot from Henrik Stenson, while both sat inactive. Further down, Rickie Fowler (T-30 at the Irish Open) and Dustin Johnson (T-8 at the Byron Nelson) leapfrogged Sergio Garcia (MC in Northern Ireland) and Jason Day (WD in Texas) to move into seventh and eighth, respectively.

And finally in the weekly Tiger Woods watch, the former world No. 1 remained inactive and slipped from 156th to 172nd. He sits sandwiched between Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and South Africa's Jaco Ahlers.

Here is your top 10 for the week of May 31: 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Bubba Watson, 4. Henrik Stenson, 5. Jim Furyk, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Rickie Fowler, 8. Dustin Johnson, 9. Sergio Garcia, 10. Jason Day.