Bjorn cracks OWGR top 50 after Omega win


With his playoff victory at the Omega European Masters, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn jumped inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings, the most notable move during a week where most of the game's best players were resting for the upcoming BMW Championship.

Bjorn rose 22 spots from No. 66 to No. 44 thanks to his win on the first playoff hole over Craig Lee in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Though the Dane began the year ranked 45th in the world, he had slipped to as far as No. 91 in May before staging a late-season rally. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez also moved into the top 50 in the world thanks to a high finish in Switzerland, jumping from No. 55 to No. 49 thanks to his tie for fifth.

Though no one in the OWGR top 25 teed it up last week, the permutations of the ranking system still resulted in a handful of notable changes to the rankings. A week after he was passed by Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy again overtook the Englishman for the No. 4 spot, dropping Rose to fifth in the world. Jason Day also moved past Sergio Garcia at No. 17, while Dustin Johnson took the No. 22 spot from Bubba Watson.

Outside of the switch between McIlroy and Rose, the top 10 in the rankings remained otherwise unchanged. Tiger Woods still holds the top spot, followed by Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, McIlroy and Rose. A winner two weeks ago in Boston, Henrik Stenson is No. 6, while Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Steve Stricker round out the top 10.