New week, new career OWGR high for Matsuyama


Hideki Matsuyama has reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking for the second time in as many weeks.

After cracking the top 10 for the first time with his runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic, Matsuyama rose to No. 6 following his seven-shot romp at the WGC-HSBC Champions. It marked the 24-year-old's second win in his last three worldwide starts, as Matsuyama also captured the Japan Open earlier this month.

Rory McIlroy's T-4 finish in China was enough to supplant Dustin Johnson at No. 2, as McIlroy returns to the penultimate spot for the first time since March. Jason Day remains the top-ranked player in the world for the 32nd straight week.

Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth also swapped places, with the Swede rising one place to No. 4 after his runner-up performance in China. Daniel Berger jumped 10 spots to No. 28 after tying for second, while Bill Haas rose five spots to take Berger's former position at No. 38 following his T-4 finish.

Cody Gribble rallied for his first career PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, a result that helped the southpaw surge 243 spots up the standings to No. 205. Chris Kirk's T-2 finish in Mississippi moved him up eight spots to No. 68 in the world, while Luke List finished alongside Kirk and jumped 96 spots to No. 235 as a result.

The OWGR top 10 now features Day leading McIlroy, followed by Johnson, Stenson, Spieth and Matsuyama. Adam Scott dropped to No. 7, with Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett rounding out the top 10.

Idle since August 2015 while recovering from multiple back surgeries, Tiger Woods fell 15 more spots to No. 831 in the world.