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Champions Moore, GFC nearly reach Top 30 world rankings

Ryan Moore and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano both moved inside the Top 40 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking thanks to victories over the weekend.

Moore’s playoff victory against Gary Woodland at the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia pushed him to No. 31 in the latest ranking. It was the third career victory for Moore, 30, who was a decorated amateur player while attending UNLV. Moore finished T-9 in Las Vegas during his prior start on the PGA Tour.

Moore was a 25-to-1 betting pick at Ladbrokes.com to begin the tournament. For Woodland, he moved up to 53rd with his playoff loss. The long-hitter won the Reno-Tahoe Open late in the season and played well in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He finished the 2012 season ranked 152nd.

Keegan Bradley, who led the CIMB Classic after opening 65-66, stumble over the weekend with scores of 76-72 and ended up solo 10th place.

The Top 10 remained unchanged with Tiger Woods leading the way.

For GFC, he climbed from 60th to 32nd in the rankings. His one-shot triumph at the European Tour’s BMW Masters in China was in comeback fashion. At 11-under, he edged Thongchai Jaidee and a fast-charging Francesco Molinari, who carded a 64 Sunday. Jaidee cracked the Top 50 at No. 49 with his T-2 effort. 

Chris Stroud, Pablo Larrazabal and Marcus Fraser worked their ways into the Top 100.

Other Golf News:

  • GFC was a 66-1 selection to win the title along with Luke Guthrie. The American Guthrie led most of the way in China before finishing solo 4th while Thomas Bjorn, Peter Uihlein and  Larrazabal logged T-5 efforts.
  • Suzann Pettersen (9-under) defended her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Sunday. The favorite coming into the tournament won it by five shots to solidify her spot at No. 2 in the Rolex Ranking and trim the lead of World No. 1 Inbee Park.
  • Phil Mickelson, world No. 3, finished T-19 in Malaysia. Lefty is one of the headliners this week at the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions event in China.
  • Kenny Perry outlasted Bernhard Langer at the AT&T Championship in a playoff. The battle between the two top players on the Champions Tour heats up again this week as the season-finale Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.