Moore cracks Top 30 in world rankings after victory

Ryan Moore’s defense of his title at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia jumped the American 20 places to No. 27 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Moore (17-under overall) beat out Gary Woodland for the second straight year in KLuala Lumpur. A 28-to-1 betting selection at heading into the week, Moore became the first player since Tiger Woods to defend a title on the PGA Tour.

Woodland moved into the Top 40 with his T-2 finish alongside Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na. For Garcia, he moved back ahead of Jim Furyk into the No. 3 spot in the world rankings.

The rest of the Top 10 remained the same led by Rory McIlroy.

Marcel Siem climbed to 70th after his playoff victory at the BMW Masters — the first of the four-tournament Final Series on the European Tour. Siem’s fourth career European Tour title moved him to 4th in the Race To Dubai standings as well.

Garcia is one of the headliners for this week’s World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. He finished T-4 last season with 10 Top 10’s on the PGA Tour. He was also second in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green, Strokes Gained Total, Scoring Average and Scrambling.

Garcia was fourth last year in China shooting a final-round 63.

Other Golf News:

  • The PGA Tour hosts the Sanderson Farmers Championship in Mississippi this week — an opposite field event to the World Golf Championships tournament. The event feature nine past major champions including Padraig Harrington. Early-season winners Ben Martin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas) and Robert Streb (McGladrey Classic) are also competing.
  • The LPGA Tour visits Japan for the Mizuno Classic. Inbee Park’s victory last week solidified her spot atop the Rolex Rankings. She continues to trail Stacy Lewis in the Race to the CME Globe standings with just three weeks remaining in the season.
  • McIlroy continues to lead the Race to Dubai standings on the European Tour. Jamie Donaldson is second followed by Garcia.
  • Tiger Woods, idle for most of the season with a back injury, has slipped to 20th in the latest ranking. He is expected to return in December.
  • Suzann Pettersen has been in the Top 10 of the Rolex Rankings in women’s golf for 387 consecutive weeks.
  • Tom Pernice Jr. denied Jay Haas the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Sunday in Scottsdale. It was Haas’ fourth time as a runner-up at the event. Bernhard Langer captured the season-long Charles Schwab Cup title.