Rory ensconced as No. 1; Open bubble boys


When you win seven events, including two majors and two World Golf Championships, in 12 months, you build up a pretty comfortable lead atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

Since Jordan Spieth's Masters victory, Rory McIlroy has increased his lead over the world No. 2 from 2.4 points to 4.4 points with two wins and a tie for eighth at The Players.

The lack of drama at the top is juxtaposed with players another 50 or 60 spots lower trying to qualify for both the U.S. Open and the British Open.

Players ranked inside the top 60 at the end of this week will qualify for Chambers Bay, while players inside the top 50 also get to go to St. Andrews.

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No. 50 Ben Martin and No. 60 Luke Donald are the two men currently sitting on the cut-off lines. No. 63 Kevin Kisner would have qualified for both majors had he won his playoff at The Players. Other notables outside the top 60 include Harris English (64), Matt Jones (65) and Francesco Molinari (66).

As for those trying to crack the U.S. Open field, George Coetzee and Tommy Fleetwood, both of whom have a recent history flirting with OWGR bubbles, sit at 52 and 54, respectively.

Those who don't crack the U.S. Open field this week will still have the opportunity to do so if they're inside the top 50 on June 15.

Those who don't crack the British Open field will have opportunities to do so with high finishes in Qualifying Series events.

And in our obligatory Tiger Woods watch, the former world No. 1 sat inactive and slipped from 133rd to 140th, between Rafael Cabrera Bello and Ryo Ishikawa.

Here is your OWGR top 10 for the week of May 17: 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Henrik Stenson, 4. Bubba Watson, 5. Jim Furyk, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Jason Day, 8. Sergio Garcia, 9. Rickie Fowler, 10. Dustin Johnson.