Bubba still way behind; Reed now a top-10 player


Bubba Watson said (joked?) Sunday after his Hero World Challenge win that he would retire if he ever reached No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

“If I ever become No. 1 in the world, I’m walking away. I’m going to walk away on top,” he smiled. “But let’s be honest, nobody here’s voting on that, right? Everybody thinks I’m not going to do that.”

Even after his World Challenge win, it would take a special effort. Watson remains fourth in the world, 3.06 points behind No. 3 Rory McIlroy and 3.67 points behind No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

For the second straight year, Patrick Reed finished runner-up at the Hero, and this time it got him inside the top 10, at No. 10, for the first time in his career. Nonetheless, he still has plenty of work to do - he trails No. 5 Henrik Stenson by 2.73 points - to finally assert himself as a "top-5 player" in the world.

Elsewhere around the world, Sergio Garcia stayed at No. 12 via his victory in Vietnam, Marc Leishman is up to 26th from 47th thanks to his win in South Africa, and Nathan Holman jumped from 318th to 171st with his breakthrough at the Australian PGA.

And finally in the weekly Tiger Woods watch, the inactive former world No. 1 is down to 411th, sandwiched between Matt Ford and Wes Roach.

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