On Monday, the 23-year-old cracked the top 50 in the world for the first time. Indeed, a lot can change when you win twice in your last nine starts.
In the desert, Pablo Larrazabal’s surprising victory over Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi came with a huge rise in the rankings. He jumped all the way from No. 103 to No. 53, all but ensuring that he’ll make his first appearance next month in the WGC-Match Play.
The wild T-2 finish in Abu Dhabi gave Mickelson enough points to leapfrog Justin Rose and return to No. 4 in the world. Lefty is also in the field for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
McIlroy, however, was unable to make a dent in the rankings because Zach Johnson closed with 62 and finished T-3 at the Humana.