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Stenson reaches No. 2 world ranking after Dubai W

Henrik Stenson’s two-shot win at the European Tour’s season-finale at the DP World Tour Championship moved him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking just behind Rory McIlroy.

Stenson, who logged his first victory of the 2014 calendar year, passed both Bubba Watson and Adam Scott, who was T-2 last week on the Australasia Tour at the Beteasy Australian Masters, in the world rankings.

McIlroy’s return after a nearly a two month break resulted in a T-2 finish in Dubai. He remained atop the world rankings as he heads to Down Under this week for the Emirates Australian Open where he is defending champion.

Scott, Bubba and Sergio Garcia round out the new Top 5 followed by Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

Elsewhere, Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the Japan Tour’s Dunlap Phoenix Open moved the rising star to 16th in the world ranking. The triumph was his second of 2014 — he won the PGA Tour’s the Memorial Tournament during the summer in Ohio.

Moving into the Top 100 this week included Richie Ramsay, Robert Karlsson, Chris Stroud and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Other Golf news:

  • Nick Cullen, a 100-1 betting long shot, captured the Australasia Tour’s Beteasy Australian Masters in Melbourne edging two-time defending champion Adam Scott by a stroke. Cullen, who was 632rd in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the week, moved up to 253rd.  The win earns him a spot in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2015.
  • The PGA Tour returns to action after the holiday break in America with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii Jan. 5-12.
  • Victor Dubuisson’s runner-up effort at the DP World Tour Championship marked the 4th time this year he logged a second-place finish on the European Tour. He was third at the Dubai season-finale in 2013. The effort moved him up five places to No. 17 in the world ranking.
  • The European Tour will hold 47 tournaments as part of its 2014-2015 season beginning with the Nedbank Golf Challenge Dec. 4-7 in South Africa.
  • Suzy Whaley was elected secretary of the PGA of America. She became the first female officer in the 98-year history of the organization.
  • The Race to Dubai final standings opened up some playing opportunities for several players including Marcel Siem and Shane Lowry (both champions on the European Tour in 2014). Both qualified for the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami next March.