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Stenson to world No. 5; 11 players invited to Open

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Henrik Stenson broke an 18-month winless drought Sunday and re-entered the Official World Golf Ranking's top 5.

With his victory at the BMW International Open, Stenson picked up his 10th career European Tour victory and jumped from seventh to fifth in the world rankings, knocking Bubba Watson down to sixth. Stenson has been a permanent fixture of the top 10 since August 2013.

Separately, the R&A announced Monday that 11 more players - No. 58 James Hahn, No. 65 Gary Woodland, No. 68 Ryan Palmer, No. 70 Patton Kizzire, No. 71 Fabian Gomez, No. 74 Jeunghun Wang, No. 75 Scott Hend, No. 76 Graeme McDowell, No. 77 Brendan Steele, No. 78 Francesco Molinari, and No. 79 Tony Finau - have earned their spot in the Open Championship field as the highest-ranked non-exempt players in the world.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

Meanwhile in Maryland, Billy Hurley III broke through for his first PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National and vaulted 438 spots, from 607th to 169th.

One other move of consequence, Kiradech Aphibarnrat used a T-5 at the BMW to move from 52nd to 49th, earning him a spot in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Here is your OWGR top 10 for the week of June 26, 2016: 1. Jason Day, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Dustin Johnson, 4. Rory McIlroy, 5. Henrik Stenson, 6. Bubba Watson, 7. Rickie Fowler, 8. Adam Scott, 9. Danny Willett, 10. Justin Rose. 

Quicken Loans National tournament host Tiger Woods is down 12 spots, to 594th.