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World Ranking update: Post-Pebble drama

Vaughn Taylor’s unlikely victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am moved him from 447th to 100th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Taylor, who won for the first time since 2005, managed a comeback victory against Phil Mickelson Sunday at Pebble. For Mickelson, he climbed nine places to No. 20 in the rankings.

Jordan Spieth remained No. 1, but Jason Day switched with Rory McIlroy into the No. 2 slot. Rory, who was idle last week, slipped to third. Both Spieth and McIlroy are in the field this week at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open.

Recovering from injury, Jim Furyk slipped out of the Top 10 and was replaced by Branden Grace at No. 10.

Charl Schwartzel’s win on the European Tour moved the South African up 12 places to PGA TOURNo. 31.

Other Golf News:

  • Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata — who played in the final pairing with Mickelson Sunday on the PGA Tour — finished third. The effort moved him inside the Top 100 at 91st in the world rankings. Freddie Jacobson’s Top 5 at Pebble also helped him crack the Top 100 at 94th.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open this week. Lydia Ko is the defending champion. Ko is coming off a win last week in her LPGAtour logoNEWhomeland at the New Zealand Open.
  • Sergio Garcia makes his U.S. 2016 debut this week at Riviera. Garcia finished a shot out of the lead last year. He is part of a growing trend of international-born players competing this week in California including Schwartzel, McIlroy (making his Riviera debut) and Anirban Lahiri.