Victories for Chris Wood and Fabian Gomez helped them jump in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Wood’s triumph at the Lyoness Open — his second career European Tour title — moved him from 124th to 78th in the latest rankings. The 11-to-1 betting selection cashed in with a rally Sunday, while overnight leader Gregory Bourdy struggled.
Gomez (13-under overall) captured the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic for his maiden win.
The 36-year-old from Argentina won by four shots over Greg Owen carding a final round 4-under-66. The super long, who was ranked 288th to start the week, shot came into the event with just one Top 10 this season — 8th-place effort last fall at The McGladrey.
Phil Mickelson headlined a group finishing T-3. Phil climbed two places in the world rankings to No. 17. Rory McIlroy, who was idle last week, is still atop the rankings followed by Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose heading into the 115th U.S. Open this week.
Inbee Park returns to the Rolex Ranking No. 1 spot — displacing Lydia Ko — by winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for the third consecutive year. Park finished 19-under and five clear of Sei Young Kim. The victory was Par’s third of the 2015 season.
Other Golf news:
- Lexi Thompson rallied to shoot 7-under-66 in the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to finish solo third place. Brooke Henderson, Suzann Pettersen and Karrie Webb logged Top 10s at the season’s second major.
- Bernhard Langer (19-under) ran away with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship near Boston. Langer ended up six ahead of Kirk Triplett. The win was the 57-year-old Langer’s first in 2015 and 6th career major on the Champions Tour.
- Chambers Bay hosts the 115th U.S. Open this week. The United States Golf Association released the groupings for the first two rounds. The feature group: McIlroy, defending champion Martin Kaymer and amateur Gunn Yang. The trio tees off the 10th hole at 8:28 a.m. local time Thursday. Phil plays with Bubba and Angel Cabrera teeing off No. 1 at 7:33 a.m.