Lowry jumps in rankings, Top 10 shuffles after WGC

While the Top 3 remained the same in the Official World Golf Rankings — Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson — the rest of the Top 10 had some movement after last weekend in golf.

Bubba Watson finished runner-up to Shane Lowry at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio and held his position behind Rory and Jordan.

It was Justin Rose and Jim Furyk that finished T-3 that moved up in the rankings. Furyk moved up two spots to 4th, while Rose jumped two slots to No. 6. Jason Day remained 5th in the rankings. As a result, Rickie Fowler slipped two places to 7th followed by Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

Furyk was 8-under through two rounds but failed to keep it rolling on the weekend.

The winner of the week of Lowry earning his maiden PGA Tour and WGC title. Ireland’s latest champion stunned most by his victory at Firestone Country Club — finishing 11-under and carding a bogey-free 66 in the final round. He climbed 28 places to crack the Top 20 at No. 19.

Spieth managed a back-door Top 10 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational — his 13th Top 10 of the season.

Lowry was a 125-to-1 long shot bet to start the week in Akron. He and the rest of the top players head to Wisconsin for the 97th PGA Championship this week.

Other Golf News:

  • J.J. Henry’s playoff victory over Kyle Riefers at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship moved him from 426th to 208th in the latest rankings. Henry led the event — using the Modified Stableford Scoring System — heading into the final round by a point. David Toms and Retief Goosen logged Top 10s.
  • McIlroy returns to action this week after an injury layoff. He plays with Zach Johnson and Spieth in the opening two rounds at the PGA. Whistling Straits hosts the season’s final major. Martin Kaymer won the title at Whistling back in 2010 beating Bubba in a playoff.
  • Kaymer and Phil Mickelson slipped outside of the Top 20 in the world rankings making room for Brooks Koepka, who finished T-6 in Akron, and Lowry.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Cambia Portland Classic this week.
  • Jeff Maggert rallied to win his third Champions Tour title of the season over the weekend. He captured the Shaw Charity Classic in Canada firing a final-round 64 to win by four shots. He was a 10-1 betting selection.