Sutherland Vaults 33 Spots After Match Play Win


Kevin Sutherland jumped 33 spots to No. 32 in the latest World Golf Rankings after his first career title at the WGC-Accenture World Match Play Championship.
Sutherland battled Scott McCarron in the 36-hole final match at La Costa Resort and Spa. He earned a 1-up victory to take home the $1 million top prize and become the lowest seed to ever win the elite field event.
Tiger Woods kept his No. 1 ranking after being upset by Australia's Peter O'Mally in the first round of the Match Play. However, Woods was not the only top-ranked player to be eliminated in the early goings of the tournament.
Phil Mickelson, No.2 in the world, lost to John Cook while third-ranked David Duval lost to the eventual champion Sutherland.
Sergio Garcia was fourth, followed by South Africa's Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. David Toms, who lost to Sutherland in the quarter-finals at the Match Play, was seventh while Fiji's Vijay Singh held onto eighth. Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco rounded out the top 10.
European Ryder Cup member Padraig Harrington stayed put at 11th, followed by Canadian Mike Weir. American Ryder Cup player Jim Furyk moved up one spot to 13 with Bob Estes climbing three spots to 14.
Darren Clarke dropped three positions to 15, followed by Ryder Cup teammate Bernhard Langer of Germany. Scott Verplank, one of the captain's selections for the American Ryder Cup team, was one spot further back at 17.
Kenny Perry remained in 18th while Paul Azinger, the other U.S. Ryder Cup captain's selection, climbed seven spots to break into the top 20.
Azinger made it to the semi-finals at the Match Play tournament but lost to McCarron. In the consolation match, Azinger lost to Brad Faxon but collected a $360,000 prize for his fourth place finish.
Japan's Toshi Izawa fell one spot to round out the top-20.
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