Charlie Beljan’s story seemingly gets more improbable by the day.
The 28-year-old rookie, who won the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic on Sunday, just two days after being taken out of the scoring area on a stretcher, moved from 351st to 159th in the latest Official World Ranking, released Monday.
Why is that so unlikely? Consider that Beljan began the 2012 season at No. 1,401 in the world, with zero points.
Said Beljan on Sunday, “I don’t know quite what other perks come with winning, but I know every single one of them is pretty darn good.”
Matteo Manassero, who on Sunday became the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour, rose from 85th to 46th in the world after his playoff victory at The Barclays Singapore Open. The 19-year-old Italian, in the midst of what he called his most frustrating season of his young career, began the year at No. 58.
The top 10: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott (up from 6th), Louis Oosthuizen (up from 10th), Justin Rose (down from 5th), Jason Dufner (down from 7th), Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson (down from 8th).