Palmer nears U.S. Open bid after Colonial


Ryan Palmer didn't get the win on his home course, but he did take a big step toward qualifying for Oakmont.

Palmer's T-3 finish at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational helped him move up 12 spots to No. 63 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 60 in the world as of June 13 will earn exemptions into the U.S. Open.

Elsewhere in the world, Chris Wood reached a career-best No. 22 in the world after a one-shot win at the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship. Rikard Karlberg, who finished alone in second behind Wood, jumped 78 spots to No. 72 in the world.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

Harris English finished alone in second place behind Jordan Spieth at Colonial, moving up 28 spots to No. 49 as a result. Webb Simpson's T-3 finish moved him up 16 spots to No. 79, while Kyle Reifers' fifth-place showing helped him reach a career-best No. 117 in the world, up 28 spots from last week.

K.T. Kim's win at the Japan Golf Tour's Mizuno Open, his third victory in his last six worldwide starts, allowed him to jump five spots to No. 37 in the world.

Spieth's win at Colonial didn't allow him to overtake Jason Day in the standings, and the top 10 in the world remain the same for another week. Day and Spieth are followed by Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, while Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett and Justin Rose round out the top 10.

Still sidelined since August while recovering from a back injury, Tiger Woods dropped another eight spots this week to No. 543 in the world.