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Martin moves into Top 60 after Las Vegas victory

Ben Martin’s breakthrough victory at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas moved him up 30 places to No. 58 in the most recent Official World Golf Ranking.

Martin, a 175-to-1 betting long shot to win in Las Vegas according to Skybet.com, stood tall down the stretch with Kevin Streelman in the mix. Martin played the final four holes at 4-under to win by two shots. His eagle-3 at No. 16 set the tone late in the final round. He ended the week second in Strokes Gained Putting and T-3 in Greens in Regulation (GIR).

At 20-under, Martin finished two shots clear of Streelman, a winner at the Travelers Championship in June. Streelman moved up nine spots into the Top 40 of the world ranking with his runner-up effort. He shot 63-65 on the weekend finishing T-1 in GIR for the week (60 of 72).

Russell Knox moved into the Top 100 with his solo third-place finish, while Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka and Jimmy Walker ended up T-4.

Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott — idle for the week — remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the world rankings respectively. Jim Furyk moved ahead of Sergio Garcia into the No. 3 slot. Henrik Stenson, who was runner-up in the Volvo World Match Play in London, rounded out the Top 5.

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen finished off Stenson 3&1 in the match play finale and cracked the Top 40 in the rankings at 37th with his fifth career European Tour title. He also won the Irish Open in June.

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