Patrick Reed’s playoff victory over Jimmy Walker at the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to tee off the 2015 calendar season moved the brash 24-year-old to No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Reed (21-under) outlasted Walker thanks to a flurry to end his final round. The 16-to-1 betting selection at skybet.com heading into the event rallied with birdie-eagle flash at No. 15 and 16 before closing out with 6-under-67.
Walker climbed four places to inside the Top 20 at No. 17.
Jason Day finished T-3 – just a shot back – with Russell Henley and Hideki Matsuyama. It marked Henley’s third Top 5 in his last six starts. Day shot 62 in the final round and is now No. 8 in the world ranking.
McIlroy continues to top the world ranking followed by Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson (who logged a Top 10 in Hawaii) and Sergio Garcia.
Andy Sullivan, 28, captured the European Tour’s South African Open Championship to crack the Top 100 at No. 83. He edged Charl Schwartzel in a playoff. Schwartzel moved up five places to 26th.
Other Golf news:
• McIlroy headlines the 126-player field at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. McIlroy has three runner-up finishes at the event. He plays with Matteo Manassero and Rickie Fowler in the opening round. Rory finished the 2014 season in style beginning in July winning two majors and the Race to Dubai season-long points title.
• Tiger Woods slipped four places to 38th in the world ranking. Woods committed to open his 2015 calendar season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open during the NFL’s Super Bowl weekend.
• Day and Walker return to action this week on the Aloha Swing at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Several contenders including Matsuyama and Henley are also in the field along with Zach Johnson (T-7 in Maui) and Luke Donald.
• Sullivan was a 28-1 betting pick last week. He entered the week No. 149 in the rankings.