Spieth cracks Top 10 with landslide victory

Jordan Spieth’s run-away victory at the 18-player Hero World Challenge near Orlando moved the 21-year-old American to No. 9 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Not only did Spieth win, his 10-shot victory was impressive even considering most of the field was rusty. Spieth (26-under in Orlando) rounded out this three-week run with a T-3 on the Japan Tour, a victory at the Australian Open and a thumping of the field at the Hero World Challenge.

Spieth moved up two spots to crack the Top 10. The Top 5 was largely unchanged led by the idle Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson (second to Spieth in Orlando), Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose, who moved up a spot past Jim Furyk.

England’s Danny Willett moved from 84th to 56th in the latest ranking with his Nedbank Golf Challenge victory at the European Tour’s season-opener. Willett chased down former World No. 1 Luke Donald for the triumph.

Two-time major champion Padraig Harrington, who had slipped to 385th in the rankings, won on the Asian Tour last weekend. The victory moved him to No. 260.

Other Golf news:

  • The Orlando area hosts the PNC Father-Son Challenge this weekend. Jack Nicklaus is one of the legends on hand to compete.
  • World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman makes his broadcasting debut this weekend with Fox Sports at the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida. Matt Kuchar and Harris English return as defending champions.
  • The European Tour hosts the Alfred Dunhill Championship this week in South Africa. Charl Schwartzel, 31st in the world rankings, is the two-time defending champion.
  • Tiger Woods finished T-17 at the Hero World Challenge in his return to competitive golf. Woods slipped one spot in the world rankings to No. 25. He ended the 2013 calendar year atop the world rankings.