Patrick Reed was ranked 584th in the world when he began his 2013 season in Hawaii.
After his signature victory Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral – the 23-year-old’s third title since August – he rose from No. 44 to No. 20.
So, actually, that position isn’t too far away from his bold assessment that he’s a top-5 player in the world. With a few more victories he might get there, soon.
Meanwhile, Chesson Hadley, the PGA Tour rookie who won the opposite-field event in Puerto Rico, rose from No. 92 to No. 63 in the latest rankings.
Adam Scott squandered an opportunity to assume the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career, but he might get another chance next week at Bay Hill, assuming the event’s winner would receive at least 64 world-ranking points.
Here’s the top 10 in the world: Tiger Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson (from No. 10), Zach Johnson (from No. 8) and Sergio Garcia (from No. 9).