To fully appreciate Jimmy Walker’s meteoric rise into the game’s upper echelon, it’s worth noting the various checkpoints in the Official World Golf Ranking.
For instance, two years ago this week, he was winless and ranked 163rd in the world.
At this time last year, he was 78th.
At the end of his 2013 season, after he failed to advance to the Tour Championship, he was 63rd.
After his first career victory, at the season-opening Frys.com Open, he moved all the way up to 45th, and after winning a few starts later, at the Sony, he was 32nd.
Now, after a victory at Pebble Beach, after his third win in eight starts, Walker has jumped to a career-best 24th in the OWGR – ahead of such players as Masters champion Bubba Watson (26th), five-time Tour winner Hunter Mahan (31st) and former world No. 1 Lee Westwood (33rd).
Dustin Johnson, who tied for second at one of his favorite venues, moved only from 12th to 11th in the OWGR, while Jim Renner made the most of his only made cut so far this season, jumping from No. 562 to No. 262 after his surprising T-2.
Across the pond, George Coetzee’s maiden victory on the European Tour came at an opportune time, as he ascended from No. 74 to No. 59 and became eligible for the first World Golf Championships event.
The top 10 in the world heading into the Northern Trust Open: Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy (up from No. 7), Zach Johnson (down from No. 6), Sergio Garcia (up from No. 9), Matt Kuchar (down from No. 8) and Jason Day.