Players scramble to crack Top 64 for Match Play

Jimmy Walker’s victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am moved him to No. 24 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings. 

Walker, who locked up his third PGA Tour title in eight starts, leads the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour heading into this week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles.

The victory moved Walker up 11 places in the world rankings, while runner-up Dustin Johnson irked up one spot to No. 11.

The Top 5 remained unchanged with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose holding their places. Rose returns to action after nursing an injury this week on the PGA Tour.

The next five had some flips with Rory McIlroy passing Zach Johnson into No. 6 and Sergio Garcia leaped over Matt Kuchar into 8th.

Winning his maiden European Tour title Sunday, George Coetzee moved into the Top 60 at 59th. He won the Joburg Open in comeback fashion in South Africa.

This is the final week for players to work their way into the Top 64 and qualify for the World Golf Championships — Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona in two weeks.

Other Golf News:

  • Walker has earned a spot in the Masters Tournament in April. It will be his first trip to Augusta National. The 35-year-old has made just two cuts in major championships in his career.
  • Rose and Louis Oosthuizen make their U.S. debut in 2014 this week at Northern Trust Open. 
  • Mickelson has yet to record a Top 10 on the PGA Tour this season in five attempts. He finished last season at 11th in Total Putting on the PGA Tour. This year he ranks 143rd.