Garcia rises to No. 17 in world ranking


Sergio Garcia is back in the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour – and he’s back inside the top 20 in the world ranking, too.

The 32-year-old Spaniard improved a dozen spots in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, to No. 17, after his two-stroke victory Monday in the Wyndham Championship. It’s his highest position in the OWGR since the WGC-Match Play in February.

Tim Clark, who hasn’t finished worse than 15th in his past three Tour starts, checked in at No. 90 after his runner-up finish at Sedgefield Country Club. That’s a drastic improvement for the diminutive South African, who was 240th in the world after missing the cut at the U.S. Open in June.

“It does a lot for me,” Clark said of his recent form. “Having missed a whole year and finally get myself in contention in tournaments, it means a lot to me. It’s a tough game, and I fought hard this year and I’m just glad to be back.”

PGA Tour rookie Bud Cauley, fresh off a solo third at the Wyndham, also made a big jump in the world ranking. He’s now all the way up to No. 64, after beginning the season ranked 249th