Grace wins RBC, inches closer to Top 10 world ranking

ballholeWith his victory at the RBC Heritage, South Africa’s Branden Grace moved up three places to No. 11 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Top 10 remaining unchanged led by Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. The next five are Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Masters champ Danny Willett and Justin Rose.

Grace (9-under) won his maiden PGA Tour title in champion’s fashion — shooting bookend 5-under-66s in the first and final rounds. Grace, who won the European Tour’s Qatar Masters in January, was a 40-to-1 betting option heading into Hilton Head. He overtook 54-hole leader Luke Donald coming from three back to win by two shots.

Donald, who logged his 6th Top 3 in his last eight appearances in Harbour Town, moved up to No. 68 in the latest rankings. The former No. 1 entered the week at 95th. Moving inside the Top 30 — a magic number on golf — was Russell Knox. The WGC-HSBC Champions winner last November was T-2 in Hilton Head. He went fromPGA TOUR 40th to 29th in the latest rankings.

Other movers included Kevin Na (25th in the world after tying 4th at the RBC) and Jason Kokrak (inside the Top 100 at 90th).

Andrew Johnston captured his maiden European Tour title winning the Spanish Open. The victory moved him from 233rd to 125th in the world rankings.

Other Golf news: 

  • The PGA Tour moves to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open this week. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion beating Spieth by four shots last year.
  • Woody Austin outlasted Wes Short Jr. in a playoff to win the Mitsubishi Electric Champions TourClassic at TPC Sugarloaf. Austin’s victory was his second in just six events in 2016. He shot 64 to close out the final round. Paul Goydos was third alone followed by Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tom Lehman, Joey Sindelar and Colin Montgomerie who all tied fo fourth.
  • The LPGA Tour heads to San Francisco after a week in Hawaii (Minjee Lee won the LOTTE Championship) for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Lydia Ko is LPGAtour logoNEWthe two-time defending champion.
  • The European Tour returns to China this week for the Shenzhen International.