Biggest movers: Mickelson, Koepka make Ryder climbs
June 13, 2016
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look at the players who made moves up – and down – the various ranking systems in the world of golf.
Here’s a look at this week’s Biggest Movers, as both the U.S. Ryder Cup points list and the projected Olympic rankings saw some changes:
- Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka both made climbs in the Ryder Cup standings after tying for second at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mickelson jumped three spots to third, passing Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler, while Koepka rose four spots to No. 6 ahead of Fowler, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
- Daniel Berger, a winner in Memphis, went from No. 25 to No. 12 in the Ryder Cup race. He also jumped 17 spots to a career-best No. 29 in the world rankings.
- A second straight runner-up moved Koepka up three spots to No. 16 in the world, while Mickelson remained just behind him after also moving up three spots to No. 17.
- Brooke Henderson’s dramatic playoff win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship moved her up two spots to No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, ahead of Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis.
- After nearly winning her fourth tournament in a row, Ariya Jutanugarn jumped three spots to No. 7 in the world, while Gerina Piller returned to the No. 15 position that once again puts her in line for a spot in the Rio Olympics.
- After sharing second place in Memphis, Steve Stricker rose 82 spots to No. 171 in the world rankings, his best position since September 2015.
- Wu Ashun’s victory at the European Tour’s Lyonness Open moved him up 95 spots to No. 127 in the world, essentially clinching his spot for China in the Olympics and knocking W.C. Liang out of the projected field for Rio.
- Italy’s Nino Bertasio finished T-19 at the Lyonness, moving up 19 spots to No. 331 in the world in the process. That puts him in line for an Olympic spot, knocking out Chinese Taipei’s Lin-Wen Tang who fell one spot to No. 344.
- One week after winning the Memorial, William McGirt fell one spot to No. 45. But that still was enough to officially punch his ticket to the U.S. Open, as McGirt was the only player not otherwise exempt to qualify for Oakmont by cracking the OWGR top 60 this week.
Read Original Article Here