Patrick Reed was ranked 584th in the world when he began his 2013 season in Hawaii.
After his signature victory Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral – the 23-year-old’s third title since August – he rose from No. 44 to No. 20.
So, actually, that position isn’t too far away from his bold assessment that he’s a top-5 player in the world. With a few more victories he might get there, soon.
Other OWGR moves at Doral weren’t quite as drastic. Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson, who tied for second in Miami, jumped to No. 12 (two spots) and No. 27 (three spots), respectively.
Meanwhile, Chesson Hadley, the PGA Tour rookie who won the opposite-field event in Puerto Rico, rose from No. 92 to No. 63 in the latest rankings.
Adam Scott squandered an opportunity to assume the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career, but he might get another chance next week at Bay Hill, assuming the event’s winner would receive at least 64 world-ranking points.
Here’s the top 10 in the world: Tiger Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson (from No. 10), Zach Johnson (from No. 8) and Sergio Garcia (from No. 9).