Official World Golf Rankings: Stenson, Spieth, Quesne rise

Henrik Stenson’s TOUR Championship — and subsequent FedEx Cup Title — moved the Swede to No. 4 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

He moved up just places leapfrogging U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Only Tiger Woods, Masters winner Adam Scott and Open champion Phil Mickelson are ranked ahead of Stenson.

Steve Stricker, who finished T-2 alongside Jordan Spieth, climbed from 9th to 7th in the world ranking. Spieth, who finished 2012 at No. 809, is just outside the Top 20 at No. 21.

With his victory at the European Tour’s Italian Open, Julien Quesne moved from 229th to 135th in the rankings.

Other Golf News:

  • Mark Wiebe outlasted Corey Pavin on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship on the Champions Tour. The tour moves to the mainland this week for the Nature Valley First Tee Open in California.
  • The European Tour hosts the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week featuring former major champions Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington.
  • John Peterson, the hottest player in the field without a Tour Finals victory, is the outright betting favorite at heading into this week’s Tour Championship. He enters as a 12-to-1 pick. Trevor Immelman, Andrew Svoboda and Seung Yul-Noh captured the first three events in the four-tournament finals.