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Rose’s Zurich W moves him to 6th in rankings, Ko wins playoff

Justin Rose’s 22-under finish and victory at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans moved the Englishman up three places to No. 6 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Rose, a former U.S. Open champion, outlasted Cameron Tringale, Boo Weekley and Jason Day for the triumph at TPC Louisiana, despite a week filled with weather delays. Rose finished birdie-birdie to reach 22-under carding 65-66 on the weekend. He entered the week as a 10-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com.

The Top 5 remained unchanged — Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.

Rose was T-2 at the Masters two weeks ago and now heads into this week’s World Golf Championships – Cadillac Match Play as one of the favorites, considering his match play history at the Ryder Cup.

The Cadillac Match Play will feature a new format this season — breaking the 64 players into four-player pools. Those players will face off in Group Play for the first three days (Wednesday to Friday) with the top player from each of the 16 Pools advancing to knock-out stage beginning Saturday. The final day Sunday will feature semi-final matches followed the championship and consolation matches at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The Golf Channel handles early-round coverage — including the Bracket reveal Monday morning — while NBC Sports takes the lead on the weekend.

Other Golf News:

  • Lydia Ko defended her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. Ko, the Rolex Ranking No. 1 player, beat out Morgan Pressel in a two-hole playoff. Pressel was trying to win for the first time since 2008. Brooke Henderson, an LPGA Tour rookie and 54-hole leader, finished solo third. Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng logged Top 10 efforts.
  • Ashun Wu (9-under) captured the European Tour’s Volvo China Open. Wu became the first Chinese-born player to win a European Tour event on China soil. He edged David Howell by a shot.
  • Phil Mickelson, citing personal reasons, withdrew from the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Match Play this week in San Francisco.
  • Ko was a 7-1 pick to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The victory was her 7th career LPGA Tour triumph and second this season.