Bubba Watson’s 5th career PGA Tour victory — and first since the 2012 Masters — helped the lefty move to No. 14 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.
Watson jumped 12 spots by winning the Northern Trust Open — shooting bogey-free 64-64 on the weekend at Riviera Country Club. Runner-up Dustin Johnson climbed three places inside the Top 10 to 8th. It was his second straight runner-up finish on tour. Johnson’s move bumped Jason Day out of the Top 10.
The rest of the Top 10 remained basically unchanged — although Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy swapped places. Zach is the new No. 6, while Rory slipped to 7th.
By winning the European Tour’s Africa Open Thomas Aiken moved to 79th in the latest rankings, but it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot in the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship this week in Arizona.
On the LPGA Tour, Hall of Famer Karrie Webb chased down the leaders at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to claim the title in windy conditions Sunday. Webb moved up one spot to 7th in the Rolex Rankings.
Paula Creamer recorded her second consecutive T-3 finish to open the 2014 season. She returned to the Top 10 at No. 10. Inbee Park continues to hold the top spot being No. 1 now for 45 straight weeks.
Other Golf News:
- Matt Every tied for 6th at the Northern Trust Open with four rounds in the 60s. He moved from 119th to 100th in the latest rankings.
- Suzann Pettersen, No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, had a chance to overtake an idle Park at the Australian Open with a strong finish. In position to win the tournament heading into the final round, she shot 80 and tumbled down the leader board.
- Hal Sutton, the 1983 PGA Championship winner, suffered mild heart attack and withdrew from the Champions Tour event in Florida last weekend. Sutton is reportedly improving.
- Augusta National had to remove a 125-year-old tree due to weather stress. The tree — named the Eisenhower Tree — was a key part of No. 17 at the course, which plays host to the Masters Tournament every April.