Kirk’s narrow victory Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship moved him from No. 45 to a career-best 25th in the latest rankings, released Monday. The former Georgia star’s previous best ranking was 41st, after this year’s U.S. Open.
Billy Horschel, who squandered a chance to force a playoff (or win) with a bogey on the final hole at TPC Boston, jumped from 59th to 45th, while fellow runners-up Geoff Ogilvy (125th to 76th) and Russell Henley (64th to 52nd) each made sizable moves.
Here is the top 10 in the world heading into the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs: world No. 1 McIlroy, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Jason Day (from 7th), Jim Furyk (from 6th), Kuchar, Watson and Phil Mickelson.