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Every rockets into Top 40, while Top 5 shakes up

Matt Every’s title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational moved him up 56 places to No. 40 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Every (19-under) chased down favorite Henrik Stenson for the one-shot triumph making a birdie at the 72nd hole to put him ahead for good. Stenson’s third straight Top 3 finish on the PGA Tour bumped the Swede to No. 2 in the latest rankings just behind Rory McIlroy and ahead of Masters champion Bubba Watson.

The Top 5 also saw a flip between Jason Day, who climbed to 4th, and Adam Scott, who slipped to 5th. The rest of the Top 10 remained the same including Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.

Spieth headlines the field this week at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open in his tune-up for Augusta National in two weeks at the Masters –the season’s first major competition.

Other Golf news:

  • Morgan Hoffmann, who led the Arnold Palmer Invitational through 18 and 36 holes, finished fourth in Orlando which jumped his work ranking from 137th to inside the Top 100 at 98th.
  • Hyo Joo Kim’s triumph at the JTBC Founders Cup moved her to No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking — her career best. As an 18-1 betting pick, she beat Stacy Lewis by three shots in Phoenix. Both are in the field this week at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.
  • Tiger Woods, idle now for several weeks but expected to return to action at the Masters, has slipped to 96th in the latest world rankings. He will more than likely be outside the Top 100 if and when he tees it up in Augusta.
  • The Champions Tour returns to action this week at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi. Marco Dawson won last week’s stop — his maiden win on the tour — in Tucson, Arizona.
  • The European Tour hosts the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco this week. George Coetzee, a winner at the Tshwane Open two weeks ago, is the outright betting favorite at www.skybet.com as a 16-to-1 pick.