With Lee Westwood’s 42nd career worldwide victory last weekend, the Englishman climbed inside the Top 30 to No. 26 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Westwood (8-under) captured the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship — a tournament with four of the world’s Top 10 players competing. The former World No. 1 edged Martin Kaymer and Marcus Fraser by a shot.
Kaymer, who won the U.S. Open and Players Championship in 2014, swapped places with Phil Mickelson into 12th in the rankings.
The Top 5 remained the same: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia, who finished T-9 in Thailand, flipped with Jim Furyk into the No. 6 slot.
Branden Grace’s triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship was his 5th career European Tour title. Grace (20-under) won by seven shots and jumped from 117th to 82nd in the world ranking. Louis Oosthuizen was runner-up to Grace. The effort helped for the former Open champion climb 10 places to inside the Top 50 at No. 44.
Scott was T-2 at the Australian PGA Championship losing to Greg Chalmers in a 7-hole playoff. For Chalmers, he jumped from 334th to 173rd in the latest rankings.
Other Golf news:
- The European Tour finished up its 2014 calendar schedule. The tour returns to action at the South African Open Championship Jan. 8-11.
- Bernhard Langer, who won the Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour in 2014, and his 14-year-old son Jason captured the PNC Father/Son Challenge in Orlando at 23-under overall. The Langer’s beat out Team Love (featuring Davis Love III and his son) by two shots. The Singh’s and Stranger’s finished T-3.
- Charley Hull, 18, became the youngest player to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit in 2014.
- Tiger Woods, who was idle last weekend following his last-place finish at the Hero World Challenge, slipped four places to 29th in the world ranking.
- The Asian Tour hosts the Dubai Open this week. The field includes Darren Clarke, Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell and Jeev Milkha Singh. Fleetwood was the 36-hole leader last week in Thailand. He logged seven Top 10s on the European Tour last season including three runner-up finishes.