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Woods moves up in World Ranking, Matsuyama wins again

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Just competing last week at the Hero World Challenge moved Tiger Woods up to 248 places in the Official World Golf Rankings to No. 650.

Woods finished the competition against a top-ranked field in the invitation-only tournament, which carries world ranking points. He ended up 15th in the 18-player field (Justin Rose withdraw after round one). Progress for Woods, who showed signs of his former World No. 1 self in a second-round 65.

Jason Day remains atop the rankings followed by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Sitting at No. 1 year ago, Jordan Spieth rounded the Top 5.

Finishing 18-under for a two-shot win at the Hero World Challenge, Hideki Matsuyama is No. 6 in the world and probably the game’s hottest player. He won twice on the Japan Tour since the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship. He also captured the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and was runner-up at the CIMB Classic.

Other Golf News:

  • Harold Varner III’s win at the¬†Australian PGA Championship moved him up 76 places to No. 108 in the world rankings. The event was co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour Australasian.
  • Alex Noren, who ended 2015 at 96th in the world rankings, sits at No. 9 this week. The Swede has four European Tour victories this year including the Scottish Open.