June 13, 2016
Daniel Berger already had a Rookie of the Year award, but now he has a PGA Tour victory to his credit – and a new standing in the Official World Golf Ranking to go along with it.
Berger jumped 17 spots to No. 29 in the world after his three-shot win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It marks a career high for the 23-year-old, who began the year ranked No. 53 and whose previous high of No. 41 was reached last month.
Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson both tied for second behind Berger, and each moved up three spots in the rankings: Koepka to 16th, and Mickelson to 17th. Steve Stricker, who also shared second place, moved up 82 spots to No. 171.
Other notable moves this week included Wu Ashun, whose victory at the European Tour’s Lyonness Open vaulted him 95 spots to No. 127 and locked up an Olympic berth on the Chinese team. James Morrison cracked the OWGR top 100 at No. 94 after a fourth-place showing in Austria, while an idle Lee Westwood moved up three spots to No. 30.
This week was the last chance for players to qualify for the U.S. Open via the top 60 in the world rankings. Only William McGirt qualified under this latest deadline, now ranked No. 45 on the heels of his win last week at the Memorial. Among those who just missed out on a spot at Oakmont were world No. 62 Ryan Palmer and No. 65 Joost Luiten, up four spots after a T-6 finish in Austria.
The top 10 remains unchanged heading into the season’s second major. Jason Day leads Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, followed by Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Danny Willett and Justin Rose.
Out of competition since August because of a back injury, Tiger Woods dropped 11 more spots to No. 569 in the world.