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Walker rises to 45th in OWGR; Koepka 81st

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. Team captain Fred Couples celebrates with his team during the closing ceremonies after defeating the International team 19-15 at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 20, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)  - 

After 188 starts, Jimmy Walker is finally a PGA Tour winner.

He’s also a top-50 player in the world.

Walker, who came from behind to win the Open on Sunday, rose from 66th to 45th in the latest world rankings, released Monday. His previous-best ranking was 59th, after this year’s Players.

Walker ended last year at No. 120 in the world, but he had five top-10 finishes in 2013, including a T-2 at the Greenbrier, to steadily climb in the rankings.

Overseas, David Lynn closed with an 8-under 63 at the Portugal Masters to capture his first European Tour title in more than nine years. The Englishman jumped from 52nd to 34th in the rankings.

Even though Brooks Koepka couldn’t convert a 54-hole lead into victory, the former Florida State All-American still continued his meteoric rise in the OWGR, ascending from 100th to 81st after his T-3 at CordeValle. He ended last year at No. 436.

Meanwhile, the top 10 in the world remained unchanged from a week ago: world No. 1 Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.