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DJ moves to 3rd in World Rankings with T-2 U.S. Open finish

Dustin Johnson’s runner-up finish at the U.S. Open moved him up to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

DJ, who won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this season, sits only behind top-ranked Rory McIlroy and Masters and U.S. Open champ Jordan Spieth.

Johnson also finished runner-up in a playoff loss earlier this year in California at Riviera Country Club. He finished 2014 at 19th in the rankings after taking several months off for personal reasons.

Jason Day, who played in the final pairing with DJ at Chambers Bay, rose to 8th in the rankings up two spots. Justin Rose is fourth followed by Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.

Louis Oosthuizen, who made an incredible run on the final nines holes to finish T-2 to Speith at the U.S. Open, moved up 11 spots to 16th in the latest rankings, while Branden Grace earned a 13-spot move up to No. 27 with his T-3 effort. Aussie Cameron Smith saw the biggest jump moving from 167th to 89th with this Top 5 post.

Other Golf news:

  • His U.S. Open effort marked the 9th career Top 10 in a major for Johnson.
  • More than three dozen golfers who teed it up at the U.S. Open are making the run across the country to compete in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut this week. Two-time Masters champion Watson headlines the field which also includes Patrick Reed, Grace and Oosthuizen.
  • Henrik Stenson, now 7th in the world rankings, is a 7 1/2-to-1 betting favorite at www.skybet.com at the European Tour’s BMW International in Germany this week. Stenson co-lead the U.S. Open after 18 holes. He lost in a 4-man playoff at the BMW International last season.
  • Stacy Lewis, looking for her first win in 2015, returns to Arkansas this week as defending champion at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Club. She edged Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko by a shot last year for the victory. Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park is the betting favorite at 4 1/2-1 odds.
  • The United States Golf Association hosts the U.S. Senior Open this week in Sacramento at Del Paso Country Club. Fox Spots has the television coverage. Bernhard Langer, who won the Senior Players two weeks ago, is the 6-1 favorite to win it.