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Spieth lands just behind Rory in World Rankings

Jordan Spieth’s Masters victory moved the 21-year-old to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking behind only top ranked Rory McIlroy.

Spieth’s 18-under tally closed out a four-shot triumph at Augusta National Golf Club over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Mickelson moved inside the Top 20 at 18th, while Rose re-entered the Top 10 at No. 8.

The movement settled out with Henrik Stenson behind Rory and Spieth at No. 3 followed by Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, who finished T-6 at Augusta. Johnson is one spot ahead of Adam Scott followed by Rose, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk rounding out the Top 10.

Jimmy Walker, who won two weeks ago at the Shell Houston Open, slipped out of the Top 10.

Other Golf News:

  • Tiger Woods’ ┬áTop 20 finish at The Masters moved him closer to the Top 100. After slipping to 111th, he is now 101st.
  • Paul Casey moved up eight spots to No. 36 in the latest world rankings thanks to his T-6 run at the season’s first major.
  • Michelle Wie defends her title this week in Hawaii at the LOTTE Championship, which features a Saturday finish. The last five major champions in women’s golf are in the field including Brittany Lincicome, who captured the ANA Inspiration. Inbee Park is the betting favorite at www.ladbrokes.com at 4 1/2-to-1 odds. Wie is listed at 25-1.
  • Spieth is keeping his commitment to play in this week’s PGA Tour event — the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island. After a New York media round-up, Spieth is expected to tee it up Thursday in round one with Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar. Spieth is the favorite at 6 1/2-1 odds.
  • Watson is the headliner on the European Tour this week at the Shenzhen International in China. Bubba leads the betting selections as a 7-1 pick.