McDowell rises to No. 7 in latest OWGR; Bae 64th


His second victory in his last three starts moved Graeme McDowell only one spot in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, up to No. 7, his highest position since May 2011. 

Sang-Moon Bae, the winner at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, made a more dramatic leap. 

The South Korean jumped from No. 106 to No. 64 after his hard-fought victory over Keegan Bradley. Keep in mind that after Bae lost in a playoff at last year’s Tampa Bay Championship, he had posted only three top-10s in his next 38 worldwide starts. 

McDowell was ranked 15th at the end of last year and has struggled in the past few months to follow one good start with another one. He tied for third at Doral, then was T-45 at Bay Hill. He missed the cut at the Masters, then won in Hilton Head. He missed the cut at The Players, then won the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria.

McDowell bumped Louis Oosthuizen (who withdrew prior to the final round in Dallas) from the No. 7 spot. Phil Mickelson (now No. 9) and Steve Stricker also swapped positions, while Bradley moved from No. 14 to No. 11 with his runner-up finish at TPC Las Colinas.

Also notable: The top 60 in the OWGR after this week earn berths into next month’s U.S. Open at Merion. Among the names near the bubble: Russell Henley (No. 55), Marc Leishman (No. 58), Jimmy Walker (No. 63) and Charles Howell III (No. 67). 

The top 10: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, McDowell, Oosthuizen, Mickelson and Stricker.