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Garcia cracks Top 10 with victory, Matsuyama holds at No. 5

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama’s playoff victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open kept him at No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Matsuyama moved atop the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings with this second win of the season. He claimed back-to-back titles at TPC Scottsdale on the fourth playoff hole against former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson. Matsuyama was a 10-to-1 betting pick to defend, while Webb opened at 66-1.

Louis Oosthuizen, Rickie Fowler, JJ Spaun, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Martin Laird, Daniel Berger and Graham DeLaet logged Top 10s.

The Top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings remained largely unchanged expect for Sergio Garcia, whose win at the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic moved him to No. 9 in the latest rankings. At 19-under, he edged Henrik Stenson for the triumph and moved up six places. Garcia had opened the week as a 16-to-1 betting pick.

Other Golf News:

  • The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. At 7 1/2-to-1 odds, World No. 4 Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite. Vaughn Taylor (17-under) is the defending champion beating Phil Mickelson by a shot.
  • The PGA Tour Champions hosts the Allianz Championship this week. Bernard Langer, who already has a victory to his credit in 2017, is second on the all-time list with 30 tour victories. He sits 15 wins behind Hale Irwin.
  • Simpson’s runner-up effort moved him from 89th to 56th in the world rankings.
  • Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) signed Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Lydia Ko. Ko also has a new swing coach working now with Gary Gilchrist. Ko and the LPGA Tour return to action next week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Favorites rising into mix around globe

Dustin Johnson current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Dustin Johnson

High-profile golfers and betting favorites have positioned themselves heading into the final rounds around the globe.

Dustin Johnson, No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, rallied with a 8-under-64 in the third round of the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Champonship in the United Arab Emirates.

DJ is T-2 alongside former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer, Tommy Fleetwood, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Pablo Larrazabal at 12-under and one back of overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton, who is suddenly 23rd in the world rankings.

DJ, last year’s US Open champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, opened the week as a 6-to-1 betting favorite at Golfodds.com, while Kaymer and Hatton were both listed at 25-1.

Other Golf News:

  • Phil Mickelson’s second-round 66 moved up closer to the lead at the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs desert. Phil is T-6 at 10-under chasing Hudson Swafford, who sits at 14-under after opening up 65-65. Phil was a 25-1 pick — third best option on the board. Swafford was a 50-1 longer shot. PGA Tour winners Danny Lee (T-2 at 13-under) and Brendan Steele (T-3 at 12-under) are in the mix.
  • Adam Scott (8-under with holes to play in round three) is part of a four-way tie at the top of the leader board at the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open. Darkness has delayed the close of the round three. Scott opened the week as a 3 1/2-to-1 betting favorite.
  • Bernhard Langer (15-under) leads Fred Couples by a shot with 18 holes to play at the Mitsubishi Electric tournament on the PGA Tour Champions in Hawaii.

Matsuyama tracking PGA Tour win, Thomas in Hawaii

Final Round — PGA TOUR — SBS Tournament of Champions – Kapalua Resort Plantation Course – Hawaii — 

Justin Thomas (18-under) holds a two-shot advantage against Hideki Matsuyama through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s SBS Tournament of Champions.

With rounds of 67-67-67, Thomas enters the final round in great position and confidence with a win last fall at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. The problem? His closest challenge is Matsuyama, who is the hottest player in the world, coming with four victories in his last six worldwide starts and now sits at No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Matsuyama was the betting favorite coming into Hawaii at just 5-to-1, according to Golfodds.com. The site listed Thomas at 15-1. Mats carded a 66 Saturday in round three and has improved his score each day in Hawaii. The rising star from Japan was also T-3 here in Hawaii in 2015 finishing just a shot back.

While the focus will be Matsuyama and Thomas (22nd in the world rankings), look for Jimmy Walker and Ryan Moore to have a chance to impact the day. Walker, who led after round one, has Top 10s here in his appearances, while Moore made a late run in the fall season. Both were 25-1 picks on the betting circuit to start the week.

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Look for Matsuyama’s swagger to edge out a victory and perhaps displace Jordan Spieth in the Top 5 of the world rankings.

Other Golf News:

  • Dustin Johnson, 3rd in the world rankings, is T-8 in Hawaii through three rounds. He won at Kapalua in 2013.
  • Strong showings through three rounds in Hawaii for Americans Patrick Reed and Jason Dufner. Both are in the Top 10 with 18 holes to play. Reed, 8th in the world rankings, won the title in 2015 and was second last season to Spieth.
  • The biggest payout available on the betting side might be William McGirt. At T-3 and 14-under, he is four back but crazier things have happened in golf. He opened the week at 80-1.
  • The PGA Tour hosts its first full-field event of 2017 next week at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.