Tiger climbs to world No. 650; Hideki stays sixth


It's amazing what a start in the Hero World Challenge can do for your world ranking when you haven't played in 15 months.

With his 15th-place finish out of 17 players in Albany, Tiger Woods jumped from 898th in the Official World Golf Ranking to 650th. 

Woods' period of inactivity saw him drop 641 spots, down from 257th after the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

He's now keeping the company of Jason Knutzon and Rakhyun Cho, who share 648th, and Mr. 651 Brice Garnett.

As for the top the ranking, Hideki Matsuyama's fourth win in his last five starts didn't move him higher but did solidify his position as the sixth-ranked player in the world, putting him a full point ahead of No. 7 Adam Scott and just below a full point behind No. 5 Jordan Spieth.

Worth noting with the year coming to a close, the top 50 players at the end of 2016 who are not already qualified for the Masters will earn invites to Augusta National in 2017. Ryder Cup sensation Thomas Pieters is currently No. 50 and not currently qualified.

Here's your OWGR top 10 for the week of Dec. 5, 2016: 1. Jason Day, 2. Rory McIlroy, 3. Dustin Johnson, 4. Henrik Stenson, 5. Spieth, 6. Matsuyama, 7. Scott, 8. Patrick Reed, 9. Alex Noren, 10. Bubba Watson