Woods-Scott-Stenson hold down Top 3 rankings

Henrik Stenson’s sweep of the European Tour’s Race To Dubai title and DP World Tour Championship edged him closer to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.

But, Tiger Woods remains No. 1 in the golf ranking followed by Masters champion Adam Scott and then Stenson, Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose to round out the Top 5. Scott captured his second straight victory on the PGA Tour of Australia winning the Talisker Masters Sunday — beating 7th-ranked Matt Kuchar by two shots.

Kuchar’s runner-up effort helped him swap ranking spots with the idle Steve Stricker.

Harris English also moved up in the rankings — he bounced up 14 places to 54th with his second career PGA Tour victory. He won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to close out the PGA Tour’s 2013 segment of its wrap-around season. The tour returns in January to Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

English, a 22-to-1 betting pick at to start the week, manged seven birdies against a lone bogey Sunday to win the title at 21-under.

On the LPGA Tour, Lexi Thompson triumphed for the second time in four weeks (collecting her third career LPGA Tour title). She won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by a shot over Stacy Lewis. Thompson cracked the Top 10 of the Rolex Rankings with her effort. The tour finale takes place this week at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Florida.

Other Golf News:

  • Ian Poulter’s second runner-up of the Race To Dubai final series helped him climb four places to No. 11 in the rankings, while Hall of Famer Vijay Singh jumped 20 spots with his third-place tally at the Talisker Masters. He is now 128th.
  • Inbee Park finished T-3 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to cap off a banner season and win the Rolex Player of the Year honor. She won the first three major championships of the 2013 season.
  • Lexi was a 25-1 pick to win the title before the Lorena Ochoa Invitational began.
  • Rose finished third in the Race To Dubai standings behind Stenson and Poulter. Graeme McDowell was fourth followed by Jamie Donaldson.
  • Stenson was an 11-1 pick in the sports book to win the DP World Tour Championship.