Not even capturing the European Tour’s biggest prize could propel Henrik Stenson to No. 2 in the Official World Ranking.
That’s because the player currently holding that spot keeps winning, too.
Adam Scott (Australian Masters) and Stenson (DP World Tour Championship) both won on Sunday to maintain their current position in the latest rankings. Scott, who has won two events in a row and four overall this year, remains more than 2.5 points behind world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
Only Woods (460) has earned more world-ranking points than Stenson (447) this year.
Ian Poulter jumped from No. 15 to No. 11 with his runner-up finish in Dubai. Though it was admittedly a disappointing 2013 campaign, the Englishman closed out his Euro Tour season with four consecutive top-15s.
Harris English won against a weak field in Mexico and moved up only 14 spots, from No. 68 to No. 54. It was his second victory in his last 14 starts, and the former Georgia star became just the second player (Rory McIlroy) under the age of 25 with two PGA Tour titles.
The rest of the top 10: Woods, Scott, Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar (from No. 8 to No. 7), Steve Stricker (from No. 7 to No. 8), Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.