Garcia returns to OWGR top 10 after Qatar win


After another worldwide win, Sergio Garcia is once again among the top 10 in the latest world rankings.

The Spaniard survived a three-hole playoff Saturday with Mikko Ilonen to claim the title at the Commecial Bank Qatar Masters, moving from 11th to No. 9 in the world in the process. It's the highest Garcia has risen in the standings since he was eighth in the OWGR following the 2009 Dubai World Championship.

After emerging from a crowded leaderboard Sunday to claim his third career PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open, Scott Stallings moved up 59 spots to No. 53 in the latest standings. The jump is likely large enough to secure the 28-year-old a berth in next month's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the first time.

Like Stallings, Marc Leishman appears in good shape for a spot next month at Dove Mountain after rising from No. 68 to No. 57, thanks to his share of second place at Torrey Pines. Graham DeLaet moved from 39th to 34th based on his T-2 in San Diego, while Ilonen jumped 29 spots to No. 62 on the heels of his runner-up showing in Qatar.

The top five in the standings remained unchanged this week, despite early exits from two of the game's stars. Tiger Woods remained atop the world rankings following his MDF finish at Torrey Pines, while Phil Mickelson stood pat at No. 4 after a back injury forced him to withdraw from the Farmers following the second round. Between the two Americans sit Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while an idle Justin Rose continues to round out the top five.

Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson traded places at Nos. 6 and 7, with the Ulsterman rising a spot despite not playing last week. Matt Kuchar remained in eighth followed by Garcia and Jason Day, who was among the large tie for second Sunday in San Diego. Steve Stricker dropped two spots to No. 11, marking the first time the veteran has been outside the top 10 since last year's PGA Championship.