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Johnson cracks top 10 in OWGR for first time

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Zach Johnson’s dramatic takedown of Tiger Woods at Sherwood took him to new heights – in the Official World Golf Ranking, at least.

Johnson rallied from a four-shot deficit Sunday to defeat Woods in a playoff and win for the second time in five starts (BMW Championship).  The victory moved Johnson from No. 16 to No. 9 in the latest world rankings. It is the first time the former Masters champion has ever been ranked inside the top 10. 

Woods was denied a sixth victory of 2013, but his playoff loss still gave him a little bit more cushion at the No. 1 position. He is now more than 2.3 average points ahead of Adam Scott.

Overseas, Thomas Bjorn won the Nedbank Golf Challenge to rise from No. 34 to No. 25, while Miguel Angel Jimenez’s playoff victory at the Hong Kong Open moved him from 48th to 38th in the world. He turns 50 next month.

There was only minor movement in the top 10 this week: Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose (from No. 5), Phil Mickelson (from No. 4), Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Johnson and Brandt Snedeker (from No. 9).