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Webb climbs 7 spots to 17th in world ranking

Webb Simpson’s fourth career PGA Tour victory moved him to 17th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Simpson, a six-shot victor at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas, finished 2012 at No. 11 in the world. The triumph Sunday moves the 28 year old to second in the new FedEx Cup standings — just two weeks into the 2013-2014 wrap-around season.

The Top 10 remained unchanged with Tiger Woods leading the golf rankings followed by Adam Scott (who won the exhibition match at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf earlier in the week), Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.

World No. 6 Rory McIlroy was the only Top 10 player in action over the weekend — finishing runner-up on the OneAsia Tour at the Kolon Korea Open. McIlroy was top ranked ending the 2012 season, but remains win-less in 2013.

Charley Hoffman, Ross Fisher, Koumei Oda and Chesson Hadley all cracked the Top 100 with strong showings over the weekend. Hadley’s Top 10 effort was the first by a PGA Tour rookie of the wrap-around season. He won the Web.com Tour Championship last month.

Other Golf News:

  • England’s Lee Westwood, who finished 2012 at No. 7 in the rankings, is now 21st slipping out of the Top 20 this week.
  • Amy Yang’s victory at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea moved her to 18th in the Rolex Rankings. 
  • With his runner-up finish in Las Vegas, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa jumped 42 places to No. 112 in the rankings. It was Ishikawa’s first Top 10 since the HP Byron Nelson in spring. He wasn’t the only player in Vegas with significant movement — Jason Bohn went from 215th to 150th with his run. Bohn now has six runner-up efforts in his career.
  • Rolex Ranking No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, who logged a T-3 in Korea last week, has a run of 333 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.