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Weekley now 55th in OWGR; clinches spot at Merion

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Boo is back in the winner’s circle, and he’s also made a big jump this season in the Official World Golf Ranking. 

With his victory Sunday at Colonial – his first title on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Heritage – Weekley jumped from 111th to 55th in the latest rankings, released Monday. He ended last year at No. 299 in the rankings, but has four top-10s this season after several injury-plagued years on Tour.

Being inside the top 60 also helped earn Weekley a berth into the U.S. Open. Sunday was the first OWGR cutoff for the year’s second major; the top 60 in two weeks will also gain an invite, though several players are teeing it up at sectional qualifiers May 27 in Japan and England and at various sites across the U.S. on June 3.

Among the other players who earned Open berths via the top 60 who were not already eligible: Billy Horschel (53rd), Russell Henley (57th) and Marc Leishman (60th).

Matteo Manassero also gained a spot at the upcoming U.S. Open by virtue of his impressive playoff victory at the BMW PGA Championship. The 20-year-old Italian rose from 57th to a career-best 28th in the rankings. 

The top 10 in the world: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood

Kuchar returned to the top 10 with his runner-up finish at Colonial, while Phil Mickelson (11th) and Steve Stricker (12th) each dropped outside.