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Day reaches 4th in rankings after 23-hole WGC victory over Dubuisson in match play

Holding off Victor Dubuisson at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in 23 holes, Aussie Jason Day moved to No. 4 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

A loaded field full of world ranking points often moves the needle in the world ranking structure. The top three remained the same – Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson. Woods and Scott skipped match play, while Stenson lost to Louis Oosthuizen in round two.

Matt Kuchar slipped out of the Top 10 to 11th. He was the defending champion, but was eliminated by Jordan Spieth in round three.

Rickie Fowler knocked off Ernie Els in the consolation match play in 19 holes. It was great week for both players, who jumped in the rankings. Fowler, who was 56th heading into match play and struggling with his game, landed at No. 38.

Els cracked the Top 30.

For Day, it was his first WGC title and second career PGA Tour triumph (won the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship). The 26-year-old had been close to winning several major championships, but failed to close out the victories late. This becomes his biggest victory to date.

Dubuisson, who rallied to win the 17th and 18th hole to push extra holes Sunday in the finals, earned a special temporary exemption on the PGA Tour with his runner-up finish. He also moved to 23rd in the late rankings, and to the top of the list for the European Tour Ryder Cup team.

Other Golf News:

  • Tiger Woods, who is in the field next week at the Honda Classic in Florida, has 79 career PGA Tour victories – just three back of Sam Snead’s all-time record. Most of the Top 10 players in the world are in the field .
  • Day was a 9-to-1 pick to win the match play title to start the week at Station Casinos in Las Vegas. He now owns a 14-3 record at Dove Mountain – finishing third in 2013.
  • The European Tour returns to action this week at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.
  • Stacy Lewis defends her title at the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Championship this week in Singapore.