Rickie Fowler’s European Tour victory at the Scottish Open moved him to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Americans make up five of the Top 6 players in the world behind Rory McIlroy. Jordan Spieth narrowed the distance himself and Rory’s top ranked with his own win last weekend at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.
Spieth (20-under) edged Tom Gillis in a playoff after trailing by a handful of shots on the final nine holes. Spieth turned up the heat making birdies on four of his last six holes to force a playoff. Without Rory at the 144th Open Championship this week, Spieth is the runaway headliner as he shoots to capture the season’s third major of the season after winning both the Masters and U.S. Open.
For Fowler, he edged Matt Kuchar and Raphael Jacquelin by a shot for his triumph in Scotland gearing up for the Old Course at St. Andrews this week. Justin Rose, now 8th in the rankings, struggled on the weekend after opening 66-66. He shot 72-76 in Scotland to finish 74th, while Phil Mickelson was T-31.
Kuchar moved up two spots to 15th in the world ranking for his runner-up effort.
Other Golf News:
- Mark O’Meara and Laura Davies were among those inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. O’Meara won 16 times on the PGA Tour and two major champions during his 1998 season at age 41. He called golf “My passion. My friend.” Davies won more than 60 times worldwide including four major titles. Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship.
- Danny Lee, who finished just short at the John Deere Classic at 19-under and T-3, was making a run at back-to-back victories. Lee moved up to 69th in his world rankings.
- Eddie Pepperell jumped 20 places to No. 86 in the rankings with his T-4 effort at the Scottish Open.
- In Gee Chun’s final-round 66 helped her finish 8-under and edge Amy Yang by a shot at the U.S. Women’s Open. Top-ranked Inbee Park and 3rd-ranked Stacy Lewis were T-3 at 5-under. The upset victory moved Chun climb in the Rolex Rankings to up places to No. 10. For Yang, she also cracked the Top 10 at No. 9.
- The Old Course at St. Andrews hosts the Open Championship this week for a record 29th time.