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Stadler soars to career-best No. 57 in OWGR

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Alexander Gylfason and Petur Petursson  - 

Kevin Stadler won Sunday in his 239th career start on the PGA Tour.

The victory came with all the usual perks – two-year exemption, Masters berth, access to WGCs, boatloads of FedEx Cup points – but the 33-year-old also took a massive leap in the rankings, into the top 90 for the first time in his career. 

In fact, with his narrow victory at the Phoenix Open, Stadler jumped all the way from No. 127 to No. 57 in the latest rankings, released Monday.

Other notable moves include Bubba Watson, who squandered his chance for his first victory since April 2012 by missing a 5-foot putt on the 72nd hole. The T-2 moved Watson from No. 30 to No. 25. Meanwhile, Graham DeLaet, who has finished better than seventh in all three of his 2013-14 starts, jumped from 34th to a career-best 26th.

In Dubai, Stephen Gallacher defended his European Tour title and soared from 67th to 37th, likely wrapping up a spot in the Masters and putting him on the Ryder Cup radar.

American Brooks Koepka’s T-3 finish there moved him from 93rd to 68th in the rankings, one spot ahead of Peter Uihlein, his South Florida roommate. Currently, they’re on the cut line for the first WGC event of the year, the Feb. 19-23 Match Play.

With Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson all scheduled to skip the Match Play, at least, the fight for the final spots is heating up in the last week of qualifying. (The top 64 available players as of Feb. 10 comprise the field.) 

Here is Nos. 63-70, in order: Boo Weekley, Richard Sterne, Scott Piercy, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Brendon de Jonge, Kopeka, Uihlein and Hyung-sung Kim.

The top 10 in the world featured very little fluctuation from a week ago: world No. 1 Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Mickelson, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson (from No. 7), Rory McIlroy (from No. 6), Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia and Jason Day.