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Spieth, Coetzee rise in world rankings

With his playoff victory at the Valspar Championship, Jordan Spieth jumped up four places to No. 6 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Spieth’s second career PGA Tour triumph moves him into the conversation for a Masters run in just three weeks at Augusta National.

The Top 5 remained the same led by Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Jason Day. All five are in the field this week at the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Spieth is taking the week off.

George Coetzee won his second European Tour title last weekend capturing the Tshwane Open in South Africa. Coetzee moved up 20 spots to 67th in the latest rankings.

Other Golf news:

  • Tiger Woods, who continues to remain out of competitions, has slipped to 87th. He is in danger of falling out of the Top 100 heading into the Masters. Woods has yet to make an official announcement about playing in the season’s first major.
  • Patrick Reed, losing to Spieth in the playoff at the Valspar, moved up into the Top 15 at No. 15 in the world rankings.
  • Lydia Ko, the Rolex Ranking World No. 1 player, leads the LPGA Tour’s season long Race To the CME Globe. Amy Yang is currently in second place followed by Inbee Park. All three players are competing this week in Phoenix at the Founders Cup. Karrie Webb serves as the defending champion.
  • Ko leads the tour’s Scoring Average at 69.5 strokes per round. Park is second followed by Stacy Lewis.