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Day cracks Top 5 in world rankings, Lexi into Top 10

Jason Day’s one-shot victory at the RBC Canadian Open moved the 27-year-old Aussie to No. 4 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Day jumped five places finishing with three straight birdies to post 17-under at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario. He had to wait about 15 minutes for Bubba Watson and David Hearn to come up short on their attempts to force a playoff.

Bubba, who is third in the world ranking behind Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, came up just short trying to make eagle at the 72nd hole. He closed with five birdies in his final six holes to log his 5th Top 5 of the PGA Tour season. Hearn, the overnight leader, shot 72 and finished alone in third at 15-under followed by Jim Furyk at 14-under.

Furyk climbed one spot to 6th in the rankings followed by Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

Danny Willett captured the European Tour’s Omega European Masters shooting a bogey-free 65 in the final round as a 16-to-1 betting selection. Willett, who was third in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play earlier this season, ascended eight spots to a career-best ranking of No. 24.

Other Golf News:

  • Lexi Thompson (18-under) secured her 5th career LPGA Tour victory Sunday winning the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan shooting 6-under in the final round. Lexi moved back into the Top 10 at No. 8 in the Rolex Ranking. She was a 20-1 betting selection heading into the tournament. Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas were T-2 a shot back, while Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome and Alison Lee logged Top 10s.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the Quicken Loans National this week at Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Trail. Rose is the defending champion, but this is a new venue for the tournament which also features Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Tiger Woods, who has tumbled to 266th in the world rankings.
  • Inbee Park heads to Scotland at the top-ranked female golfer in the world for this week’s RICOH Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry. Park slipped back last week after a rare final round collapse finishing T-44 in Michigan.
  • Marco Dawson, who won the Senior Open Championship in England last weekend, returns to action with the Champions Tour this week in Minnesota at the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities.