Furyk cracks Top 5 rankings after RBC triumph

Jim Furyk’s comeback victory at the RBC Heritage moved the 17-time PGA Tour winner up five places to No. 5 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Furyk (18-under) edged Kevin Kisner on the second playoff hole with a birdie-2 to win the first time since the TOUR Championship in 2010. He leapfrogged from 10th in the rankings ahead of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, who all dropped down one spot to round out the Top 10. Rory McIlroy is still atop the rankings followed by Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who was T-11 at the RBC, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.

For Kisner, he logged his best-career finish with a playoff defeat. He shot 64 in the final round and moved up from 257th to 122nd in the world rankings.

On the European Tour, Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Shenzhen International in China. His playoff victory moved him inside the Top 100 to No. 78. It marked her second career European Tour title.

Day and Johnson are the top ranked players in the field this week at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Seven of the last 10 winners at the Zurich were first-time PGA Tour champions. Players are gearing up for the World Golf Championships-Match Play in two weeks in San Francisco followed by THE PLAYERS Championship in Florida.

Other Golf News:

  • Brendon Todd, who finished fourth at the RBC Heritage, moved inside the Top 50 to 43rd in the latest rankings. Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship last season on the PGA Tour.
  • Watson finally recovered from some jet lag it would appear after playing from the Masters to China to the Shenzhen International. Bubba struggled along until a final-round 65.
  • The European Tour hosts the Volvo China Open this week. Defending champion Alexander Levy, Tommy Fleetwood and Peter Uihlein headline the field.
  • Sei Young Kim’s hole-out playoff victory against Inbee Park at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii moved her to second behind Lydia Ko in the Race to the CME Globe standings. Park, who won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore in March, has Top 5 finishes of four of six starts in 2015.