Villegas moves from 254th to 112th in world rankings

Winning the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship Sunday in Greensboro by a shot, Columbia’s Camilo Villegas jumped in both the Official World Golf Ranking and the FedEx Cup standings.

Villegas (17-under) moved up 68 places to finish 37th in the FedEx Cup Standings. Winning for the first time since the 2010 Honda, Villegas was 254th in the world rankings heading into North Carolina. He leaves at No. 112.

The Top 20 remained largely unchanged in the rankings led by Rory McIlroy. Most were idle last week to rest up for the stretch run of the FedEx Cup Playoffs followed by some with the Ryder Cup.

Jason Day and Phil Mickelson flipped places. Day is now 9th, while Phil slipped to No. 10.

Bill Haas moved up seven places to No. 30 with his runner-up finish at Wyndham, while Webb Simpson cracked the Top 30 at 28th with his T-5 effort.

Inbee Park defended her title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship outlasting Brittany Lincicome in New York. She snapped the 2014 streak of major titles by U.S.-born players at three. The LPGA Tour hosts one more major this season at the Evian Championship in mid-September.

Park’s victory — thanks to bogeys by Lincicome at the 72nd hole and then the first hole of the playoff — was her fifth career major title and second win of 2014. Park was the betting favorite at at 6 1/2-1 odds.

Marc Warren’s victory at the Made in Denmark on the European Tour moved him from 89th to 68th in the rankings. He was a 25-1 betting pick.

Other Golf News:

  • Korea’s Yang Gunn capped a remarkable turnaround for his victory at the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. Gunn, 20, was ranked 776th in the world heading into the week at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Playing in only four college events and recovering from back surgery, Gunn lost his college golf scholarship because of poor play at San Diego State.
  • As 2 1/2-1 betting favorite at, Bernhard Langer erased a four-shot deficit in the final round to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour.
  • The PGA Tour’s Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings tee it up Thursday this week in the first FedEx Cup Playoffs event at The Barclays.
  • Villegas entered the week as an 80-1 underdog at to win the Wyndham.
  • Kevin Sutherland, who posted the 59 on the Champions Tour Saturday in round two, struggled to back it up carding a 74 Sunday.