Bubba Watson joined an exclusive club Sunday, becoming the 17th player with multiple Masters titles.
He’s in even more rarefied air in the Official World Golf Ranking.
With his second green jacket in the past three years, Watson ascended from No. 12 to No. 4 in the latest rankings, released Monday. That’s the position that he rose to in 2012, when he defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a stirring playoff.
He has never been ranked higher than No. 4.
The Masters win capped the best run of Watson’s career. In his past four stroke-play events that he has completed, Watson has gone T2-1-T2-1. That stretch – which began when he was ranked 30th in the world – also includes a tie for ninth at the WGC-Match Play.
As for one of the runners-up, Jordan Spieth, he continued his meteoric rise by cracking the OWGR top 10 for the first time in his career. He is now No. 9 – sandwiched between No. 8 Phil Mickelson and No. 10 Rory McIlroy. Just a reminder that 16 months ago, Spieth, 20, had no status on any major tour and was ranked 810th in the world.
Jonas Blixt, who also tied for second at Augusta in his first Masters appearance, moved from No. 56 to No. 33.
Three players entered the Masters with a chance to dethrone Tiger Woods at world No. 1, but Adam Scott (T-14), Henrik Stenson (T-14) and Jason Day (T-21) were unable to make a move.
Here’s how the top 10 in the world looks heading into the RBC Heritage: Woods, Scott, Stenson, Watson, Day, Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, Mickelson, Spieth and McIlroy.