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Stenson No. 6 in OWGR; McIlroy keeps dropping

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Five months ago, Henrik Stenson needed a high finish in Houston just to crack the top 50 in the world and make it to the Masters.

Now, after an incredible summer run that culminated Monday in his first PGA Tour victory in more than four years, he’s all the way up to sixth.

The Swede jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his impressive victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship – a stark contrast to only a few years ago, when he dipped to No. 621 after a horrific, multi-year slump. Those are distant memories now that he’s assumed his highest position in the world rankings since he was No. 4 in 2009.

Rory McIlroy, who began the year at No. 1, has dropped to No. 5 after another disappointing week in Boston. The only top-20 player to earn fewer OWGR points than McIlroy this year is Luke Donald, who is No. 13.

Steve Stricker continues to amaze in his first year of semi-retirement. The 46-year-old climbed from No. 14 to No. 10 after his solo second at TPC Boston, his third runner-up in 11 starts and sixth top 10 overall.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth, who tied for fourth, jumped five spots, from 33rd to a career-best 28th.

The rest of the top 10 heading into the PGA Tour’s bye week: Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose (from No. 5), McIlroy (from No. 4), Stenson, Matt Kuchar (from No. 6), Brandt Snedeker (from No. 7), Jason Dufner (from No. 8) and Stricker.

Graeme McDowell dropped out of the top 10, falling from No. 9 to No. 11.