Ian Poulter’s dazzling late-season play has coincided with his highest position in the Official World Ranking in more than 16 months.
With his comeback victory Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the Englishman climbed from 26th to 15th in the latest world ranking, released Monday. He hasn’t cracked the top 15 in the world since June 2011, when he was No. 14 after the Travelers Championship.
Poults wasn’t the only player to make a significant move in the rankings, however.
Phil Mickelson rose from 19th to 13th in the world, and Jason Dufner matched a career-best by ascending to No. 7 in the OWGR, after he shared second place at Mission Hills. He hasn’t finished outside the top 20 in his past four worldwide starts: T-20 Tour Championship, 2nd ISPS Handa Perth International, T-16 CIMB Classic, T-2 WGC-HSBC Champions. He ended the 2011 season ranked 33rd.
The rest of the world top 10 remained unchanged: No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Dufner, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker and Louis Oosthuizen. Bubba Watson dropped from No. 8 to No. 11 in the world.