For the second time in as many starts, Dustin Johnson has knocked a prominent player down a peg in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Johnson deposed Rory McIlroy at No. 3 with his win at the U.S. Open, and now after claiming the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational he has edged ahead of Jordan Spieth at No. 2 in the world by only 0.002 points. It marks a career-best ranking for Johnson, who turned 32 last month.
Elsewhere in the rankings, Thongchai Jaidee and Francesco Molinari both benefited from high finishes at the Open de France. Jaidee rose 20 spots to No. 37 in the world, while Molinari's runner-up result helped him move up 23 spots to No. 55 in the latest standings.
Scott Piercy's runner-up at Firestone, his second such result behind Johnson in as many starts, moved him up 18 spots to a career-best No. 25 in the world. Matt Kuchar, who finished T-3 in Akron, jumped two spots to No. 15 while Kevin Chappell moved up six spots to a career-best No. 32 after a T-3 finish.
In addition to Johnson's rise, the top 10 saw minor changes when Bubba Watson leapfrogged an idle Henrik Stenson at No. 5 and Branden Grace passed Justin Rose with a T-10 finish at Firestone. Jason Day remains atop the rankings, followed by Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy, Watson, Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Danny Willett and Grace.
Out of competitive action since August because of a back injury, Tiger Woods fell 11 more spots to No. 605 in the world.