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Day cracks Top 5 with Torrey Pines victory

With his PGA Tour playoff victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, Aussie Jason Day moved up four places to No. 4 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Although the Top 3 remained unchanged — Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson — the rest of the Top 10 saw quite of bit of movement headlined by Day’s win against three others in Torrey Pines. Adam Scott is now 5th followed by Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose (who slipped three spots with a missed cut in San Diego), Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar.

Day (9-under) shot 70 in the final round to earn a spot with Harris English, J.B. Holmes and defending champion Scott Stallings in a playoff along the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. Day and Holmes advanced to the second hole where Holmes flew the green on the par-3 16th and made bogey.

For Day, it marked his first victory on tour since the WGC-Match Play title last February. He entered the week as a 14-to-1 betting selection at www.skybet.com.

Anirban Lahiri capped off a great weekend at the Maybank Malaysia Open with his maiden European Tour title. After firing a 62 Saturday in round three, Lahiri chased down Bernd Wiesbeger from five back to win by a shot. At 16-under, he was one clear of Wiesberger and three ahead of Alejandro Canizares. Defending champion Lee Westwood was T-5.

Lahiri, a 66-1 long shot, moved inside the Top 40 of the world rankings at No. 37.

Other Golf News:

  • Paul Goydos, a 40-1 betting pick, captured the Allianz Championship for his second career Champions Tour title.
  • Day entered the season as a 20-1 pick, according to www.ladbrokes.com, to capture the PGA Tour’s Money List title.
  • Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers in round one after barely nine holes. He slipped to 62nd in the latest rankings and is in danger of missing the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral in early March.
  • Holmes’ runner-up finish moved him up to 49th in the rankings. Stallings moved inside the Top 100, while English climbed 15 places to 55th. English, the 36-hole leader at Torrey Pines, became the latest player on tour unable to convert a half-way lead into victory. No player with a 36-hole lead has held on to win this season.
  • Sei Young Kim, an LPGA Tour rookie, won the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in a playoff to mark her maiden victory. The 22-year-old finished 14-under. She outlasted former major champion Sun Young Yoo and Ariya Jutanugam. The tour heads to Australia in two weeks for next event.
  • Hall of Fame member Billy Casper passed away at age 83 over the weekend. Casper won 51 times on the PGA Tour including three major titles. He is one of just seven players to win more than 50 PGA Tour tournaments. He won at least one title in 16 straight years during his career.