Kirk, Poulter, Jimenez move up OWGR; Donald drops


With a race to the finish at a rain-soaked Colonial Country Club, all those in contention made moves up the Official World Golf Ranking, except for Jordan Spieth (T-2), who's got a firm grasp on No. 2.

Thanks to a clutch par putt on the 72nd hole, Chris Kirk not only won his fourth PGA Tour title but also moved inside the top 20, landing at 17th, his highest ranking ever. Jason Bohn, who finished T-2, moved up 36 spots to No. 100; while Brandt Snedeker, the third player to finish just one shot behind Kirk at the Crowne Plaza, moved up 10 spots, from 42nd to 32nd.

Ian Poulter, who was trying to break through for a win after being dubbed "most overrated" along with Rickie Fowler by a recent anonymous poll of his peers, moved from 31st to 24th, his highest ranking in nearly a year.

Meanwhile, in Surrey, England, 23-year-old Byeong-Hun An made the biggest move of anyone this week, running away with the BMW PGA Championship and jumping from 132nd to 54th in the process. The South Korean, who is best known as the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur, taking the 2009 title at17, set a new tournament scoring record (21 under) at the European Tour's flagship event.

Current Official World Golf Ranking

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who's T-2 finish was overshadowed by his European Tour record 10th hole-in-one, and second in as many weeks, moved from 69th to 44th.

There wasn't much movement at the top of the rankings this week, however, with Rory McIlroy still well in front despite his missed cut at Wentworth. The only shake-up in the top 10 was Sergio Garcia and Jason Day swapping the seventh and eighth spots without playing. With that, the focus shifts to the top 50 and 60 in the world, as the cut looms to qualify for the U.S. and British Opens.

The top 50 in the world rankings published today qualify for the British Open at the Old Course at St Andrews, July 16-19. So by moving up five spots to No. 50 this week, Shane Lowry made it on the number after a T-6 finish at the BMW PGA. Luke Donald, however, turned in another disappointing finish (T-38) and now sits 65th in the rankings. The former world No. 1 will miss his first Open Championship since 2008 (injury) if he can't find another way in via a win or being ranked high enough in the European or PGA Tour money lists.

Donald is also on the outside looking in right now for the U.S. Open, which will take place June 15-21 at Chambers Bay. Although players can still qualify by making it into the top 60 in the world by Monday of the Open, the top 60 in today's rankings are officially in, which means Australian Marc Leishman (No. 60), is in, but Kevin Kisner (No. 61), who's lost two playoffs in the last month, is out - for now.

And, in your obligatory Tiger Woods update, the 14-time major champ slipped from 140th to 156th, one spot ahead of Wade Ormsby.

Here is your OWGR top 10 for the week of May 24: 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Henrik Stenson, 4. Bubba Watson, 5. Jim Furyk, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Sergio Garcia, 8. Jason Day, 9. Rickie Fowler, 10. Dustin Johnson.