For the second consecutive week, the guy who finished second got a nice consolation prize.
Henrik Stenson surpassed Bubba Watson to take over as the second-ranked player in the world last week, and Jordan Spieth, thanks to his second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open, moved up to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday.
In doing so, Spieth leapfrogged both Jason Day and Adam Scott to reach the highest ranking of his career.
And Spieth wasn't the only American moving into the top 10. Dustin Johnson, who had slipped down to 23rd during his absence, is back up to No. 7, and Valero winner Jimmy Walker cracked the top 10 for the first time.
Further down the rankings, Anirban Lahiri, Bernd Wiesberger, Branden Grace, and Paul Casey all punched their ticket to the Augusta National on Sunday as members of the top 50 who were not already qualified for the Masters. Those players on the bubble who fell short include No. 51 Marc Warren, No. 53 Harris English, No. 57 Alexander Levy and No. 58 Andy Sullivan.
And, finally, Tiger Woods continues his rankings plummet. At No. 104, Woods has fallen outside the top 100 for the first time since the week of Sept. 28, 1996 - the week before his first professional win.
The OWGR top 10 for the week of March 29 in order: 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Stenson, 3. Watson, 4. Spieth, 5. Day, 6. Scott, 7. Johnson, 8. Sergio Garcia, 9. Jim Furyk, 10. Walker.