Grace on cusp of OWGR top 10 after Heritage win


Branden Grace's two-shot victory at the RBC Heritage was his first on the PGA Tour, and it also took the South African to within one spot of his career high in the world rankings.

Grace jumped three spots to No. 11 in the world after donning the tartan jacket. It equals his highest standing outside of a two-week stretch earlier this year when he was ranked No. 10 following his victory at the Qatar Masters.

While Grace made the most notable jump near the top of the standings, plenty of other players parlayed a big weekend into a rise in the Official World Golf Ranking. That list was headlined by former world No. 1 Luke Donald, who had fallen to No. 95 in the world last week. After a T-2 finish at Harbour Town, though, the Englishman is back up to No. 68.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

Bryson DeChambeau made the most of his pro debut, finishing T-4 in Hilton Head after leading the field for the week in strokes gained tee-to-green. He jumped 144 spots to No. 205, just behind former major champs Ernie Els and Stewart Cink. Russell Knox also made a move this week, as his T-2 finish at Harbour Town helped him move up 11 spots to No. 29 in the world and within two spots of his career best.

Andrew "Beef" Johnston's victory amid difficult conditions at the Open de Espana brought with it an OWGR reward, as the Englishman surged 108 spots to No. 125 in the latest rankings. Runner-up Joost Luiten rose 18 spots to No. 64, while Sergio Garcia's third-place finish in his national Open moved him up one spot to No. 15.

There was no change among the OWGR top 10, as Jason Day maintained his lead over Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. The second half of the top 10 includes Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett and Justin Rose.

Out since August with a back injury, Tiger Woods fell 11 more spots to No. 486 in the world.