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Johnson cracks top 15 after WGC victory

Dustin Johnson
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INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 19: Sandra Gal of Germany reacts after a shot during the second round of LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course on October 19, 2013 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)  - 

Dustin Johnson began the 2013 season with a victory, and as a result moved to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Rankings. With Sunday's win in China in his first start of the 2013-14 season, the 29-year-old replicated the feat.

A winner by three shots at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Johnson rose from No. 23 to No. 12 in the latest world rankings, mirroring the jump he made after winning the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. It's the highest the eight-time PGA Tour winner has been in the rankings since reaching 10th following a victory at the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

After finishing runner-up to Johnson in defense of his HSBC title, Ian Poulter moved up five spots to No. 17 in the world in the latest rankings. Other players benefiting from a strong week in Asia included Martin Kaymer, who moved from No. 41 to No. 34 on the heels of his tie for eighth at Sheshan, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who matched Kaymer's tie for eighth and rose six spots to No. 41 as a result.

With his tie for 11th, Boo Weekley moved up two spots to No. 50 in the world, an important position to hold as the 2013 calendar year draws to a close. All players inside the top 50 on Dec. 31 will be invited to the Masters in the spring, where Weekley already has an invitation thanks to his win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May. Notable players currently on the outside of the top 50 bubble include Branden Grace (51), Miguel Angel Jimenez (52), Thorbjorn Olesen (55), Nicolas Colsaerts (58) and Peter Uihlein (60).

There was only one change this week among the top 10, as Henrik Stenson jumped ahead of Phil Mickelson at No. 3 – despite the fact that Mickelson finished 14th in Shanghai while Stenson tied for 31st. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott still sit ahead of Stenson, while Mickelson dropped to fourth, followed by Justin Rose. Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker remain sixth and seventh, respectively, while Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner round out the current top 10.