Image

Haas, Grace climb in rankings after victories

Bill Haas’ victory at the Humana Challenge — his 6th career PGA Tour victory — moved the former FedEx Cup champion to No. 23 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Haas (22-under) finished a shot clear of five others including Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman. For Kuchar, he logged his second straight Top 6 finish after a T-6 in Hawaii the previous tournament.

The Top 9 remained unchanged led by Rory McIlroy. Kuchar replaced an idle Rickie Fowler in the Top 10 at No. 10.

Webb Simpson’s strong finish in the California desert — he shot 64 in the final round — moved him into the Top 40 at 37th in the world ranking.

Branden Grace (19-under) rallied on the final nine holes to capture the European Tour’s CommercialBank Qatar Masters. Grace logged his second victory in the 2014-2015 wrap-around season. The triumph moved him to 44th in the ranking.

Grace heads to Dubai this week for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which features McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia.

Tiger Woods sits 47th in the world ranking as he makes his 2015 debut this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This will be Tiger’s first trip to the Phoenix event in 13 years. He recorded a memorable ace in 1997 at the famous par-3 16th hole.

Other Golf news:

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez (17-under) cared a 66 in the final round in Hawaii to win the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Jimenez edged Mark O’Meara by a shot. Fred Couples finished third at 14-under. Jimenez is currently 42nd in the world rankings.
  • Grace, now third in the Race to Dubai standings,┬áhas zero Top 10s in 30 starts on the PGA Tour.
  • Davis Love III finished T-30 in his Champions Tour start in Hawaii.
  • Michelle Wie, who managed 13 Top 10s in 2014, makes her 2015 debut this week at the LPGA Tour’s Coates Golf Championship in Florida. Golf Channel has coverage of the inaugural event.