Reed, Woods among biggest '14 OWGR risers, fallers

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The never-ending golf season is finally over, which allows us a very brief opportunity to reflect. With the year-ending Official World Golf Ranking now out, here are the biggest risers and fallers from the end of 2013 to now: 

Biggest risers among top 25 in the world: 

Kevin Na: No. 233 to No. 25 (208 spots)

Patrick Reed: No. 73 to No. 23 (50)

Chris Kirk: No. 60 to No. 20 (40)

Rickie Fowler: No. 40 to No. 10 (30)

Billy Horschel: No. 41 to No. 13 (28)

Martin Kaymer: No. 39 to No. 12 (27)

Jimmy Walker: No. 47 to No. 21 (26)

Bubba Watson: No. 28 to No. 4 (24) 

Notes: Na made the biggest jump after a 2013-14 season in which he had two runners-up scattered among six top 10s and banked more than $3.1 million; Watson joined the game’s elite after a three-win year that included his second Masters title.

Biggest risers among top 50 in the world:

Ryan Palmer: No. 126 to No. 42 (84 spots)

Danny Willett: No. 116 to No. 50 (66)

John Senden: No. 108 to No. 49 (59)

Brooks Koepka: No. 86 to No. 34 (52)

Mikko Ilonen: No. 84 to No. 47 (37)

Shane Lowry: No. 76 to No. 44 (32) 

Notes: Less than two years ago, Brooks Koepka was ranked No. 436 in the world and fighting for his competitive life on the Challenge Tour.

Notable risers among top 100 in the world:

J.B. Holmes: No. 475 to No. 66 (409 spots)

Erik Compton: No. 362 to No. 95 (267)

Robert Streb: No 356 to No. 91 (265)

Alexander Levy: No. 226 to No. 53 (173)

Brendon Todd: No. 186 to No. 54 (132)

Notes: Holmes (Quail Hollow) and Compton (U.S. Open) are among the feel-good stories of the year, after the injury/heart condition they’ve played through.


Biggest fallers among top 25 in the world: 

Phil Mickelson: No. 5 to No. 14 (9 spots)

Zach Johnson: No. 9 to No. 18 (9) 

Notes: Phil’s lone bright spot came at the PGA, where he tied for second. It was his only top 10 in 21 starts.

Biggest fallers among top 50 in the world: 

Steve Stricker: No. 8 to No. 41 (33 spots)

Tiger Woods: No. 1 to No. 32 (31)

Jason Dufner: No. 15 to No. 38 (23)

Webb Simpson: No. 21 to No. 43 (22)

Luke Donald: No. 17 to No. 33 (16)

Ian Poulter: No. 12 to No. 25 (13)

Charl Schwartzel: No. 18 to No. 31 (13)

Thomas Bjorn: No. 24 to No. 36 (12)

Louis Oosthuizen: No. 34 to No. 45 (11)

Bill Haas: No. 29 to No. 39 (10) 

Notes: To varying degrees, Woods, Dufner and Poulter all battled injuries in 2014, while Donald was in the midst of a swing change.

Notable fallers among top 100 in the world: 

Brandt Snedeker: No. 13 to No. 58 (45 spots)

Richard Sterne: No. 51 to No. 87 (36)

Branden Grace: No. 50 to No. 82 (32)

Graham DeLaet: No. 36 to No. 57 (21)

Bernd Wiesberger: No. 52 to No. 72 (20)

Jonas Blixt: No. 42 to No. 59 (17) 

Notes: Perspective: In February 2013, just 22 months ago, Snedeker was the second-highest ranked American in the world at No. 4. 


Mr. Consistency (virtually no change in 2013, ’14 rank): 

Henrik Stenson: No. 3 to No. 2 (1 spot)

Adam Scott: No. 2 to No. 3 (1)

Graeme McDowell: No. 14 to No. 15 (1)

Lee Westwood: No. 25 to No. 26 (1)

Justin Rose: No. 4 to No. 6 (2)