Kaymer jumps in world rankings after THE PLAYERS triumph

Martin Kaymer’s triumph at THE PLAYERS Championship moved the former World No. 1 up 33 places to No. 28 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

The German (13-under overall) limped to the finish in the final round after a weather delay but survived with a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk at TPC Sawgrass in the PGA Tour’s flagship event.

Kaymer became just the fourth player to claim a World Golf Championship, a Major title and a PLAYERS victory alongside Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.

For Scott, he faded Sunday in Florida with a shot to overtake the injured Woods. He is expected to surpass Woods this week atop the rankings. Henrik Stenson is third in the world followed by Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar.

Jason Day is No. 6 followed by Sergio Garcia, who finished third at THE PLAYERS two shots back, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

Spieth led mid-way through the final round but slipped up on the final nine and ended up T-5 thanks to three bogeys in a six-hole stretch. Spieth finished the weekend 71-74.

Rose rallied to finish fourth at 10-under, while Rory posted a final 66 to log a T-6 effort alongside Lee Westwood and FedEx Cup leader Jimmy Walker. Rory’s effort helped him re-enter the Top 10 in the world ranking. 

For Furyk, it marked his second straight runner-up finish on the PGA Tour. He moved up two places to 12th in the latest rankings.

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  • Kaymer and Spieth are both scheduled to tee it up this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas this week on the PGA Tour. Kuchar, Walker and Keegan Bradley are also playing.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action this week at the Kingsmill Championship.
  • The Champions Tour hosts its first major of the season this week at the Regions Tradition.