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Kuchar’s victory moves him to 5th in world rankings

Matt Kuchar’s final-round 64 to win the RBC Heritage was his first victory on the PGA Tour this season after several close-calls.

Kuchar moved to up a spot to No. 5 at the Official World Golf Ranking. The rest of the Top 5 remained the same led by Tiger Woods – recovering from back surgery — Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.

The next five are Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

England’s Luke Donald finished T-2 at Harbour Town behind Kuchar. It was his fifth Top 3 effort in his last six starts at Hilton Head. Donald, a former world No. 1, climbed 11 places to 18th in the latest rankings.

John Huh, part of the three-way tie for second at the RBC, moved to 104th in the rankings.

Winning his 40th career worldwide tournament, Lee Westwood moved into the Top 30 at No. 30. The former World No. 1 captured the Maybank Malaysian Open by seven shots.

Russell Knox and Paul Casey cracked the Top 100 with productive tournaments last week.

Other Golf News:

  • Michelle Wie’s victory at the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii moved her to No. 13 in the Rolex Ranking. She climbed 10 places with her first triumph in more than four years. She leads the LPGA Tour with seven Top 10s this season.
  • Westwood, who finished T-7 at the Masters, was a 9-to-1 pick to win the Maybank last week.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez (14-under) held off Bernhard Langer by two shots at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in his Champions Tour debut.
  • Peter Dawson announced his retirement in September 2015 as chief executive of the Royal & Ancient.