Herman makes OWGR jump following Shell win


Jim Herman reaped multiple benefits after his breakthrough victory at the Shell Houston Open: a Masters bid, a trip to Kapalua and a two-year exemption. But he also made a big jump in the latest world rankings.

Herman, 38, held off Henrik Stenson for a one-shot victory at the Golf Club of Houston, a win that marked just his sixth career top-10 finish in 106 starts. After entering the week at No. 191 in the world, Herman vaulted all the way to a career-best No. 68 - only one spot behind former world No. 1 Lee Westwood.

Herman wasn't the only player to make a move up the rankings after a strong week in Houston. Rafael Cabrera-Bello's fourth-place showing was his second top-5 finish in as many weeks, and it moved the Spaniard up three more spots to a career-best No. 33. Daniel Berger and Russell Henley both finished T-5, a result that bumped Berger six spots to No. 53 and Henley nine spots to No. 80.

Stenson and Dustin Johnson finished one and two shots behind Herman, respectively, but both moved one step closer to world No. 1 as a result. Stenson jumped Adam Scott to No. 6, while Johnson edged ahead of Justin Rose at No. 9.

The OWGR top 10 heading into the Masters is as follows: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, followed by Stenson, Scott, Johnson, Rose and Patrick Reed.

After missed cuts in Houston, Keegan Bradley fell to No. 101 while Hunter Mahan dropped five spots to No. 104. It marks the first time Bradley has been outside the OWGR top 100 since his win at the 2011 PGA Championship, while Mahan is now outside the top 100 for the first time since his maiden win at the 2007 Travelers Championship.

Idle since August, Tiger Woods dropped four spots to No. 476 after announcing that his recovery from a back injury would prevent him from teeing it up this week at Augusta National.