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.