Career-high ranking for Watson
Bubba Watson’s victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions has seen him equal his best ever position in the world rankings.
The two-time Masters champion claimed a superb play-off victory in Shanghai on Sunday to become only the fourth player in history to win both a major and a WGC event in the same year, joining Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy.
The triumph also lifted him form seventh to third in Monday’s latest world golf rankings, behind only World No 1 McIlroy and Aussie Adam Scott in second.
Watson also climbed to third following his Masters victory in April and his third-place showing at the Memorial.
Tim Clark, the man Watson beat in Sunday’s play-off, jumped almost 50 places in the rankings, from 103rd to 58th.
Rickie Fowler’s T3 finish also saw him climb to a career-high ninth, while Graeme McDowell’s solid showing sees him move up to 15th.
Here are the Top 50 golfers on the Official World Rankings as of November 9, 2014:
1 Rory McIlroy 11.5377
2 Adam Scott 8.2604
3 Bubba Watson 7.9446
4 Sergio Garcia 7.2394
5 Jim Furyk 7.2249
6 Henrik Stenson 7.0907
7 Justin Rose 6.7639
8 Jason Day 6.3634
9 Rickie Fowler 5.8491
10 Matt Kuchar 5.7813
11 Phil Mickelson 5.2805
12 Martin Kaymer 4.9476
13 Billy Horschel 4.7718
14 Jordan Spieth 4.6313
15 Graeme McDowell 4.5135
16 Dustin Johnson 4.3295
17 Zach Johnson 4.2618
18 Jimmy Walker 4.0865
19 Chris Kirk 4.0820
20 Hunter Mahan 4.0099
21 Hideki Matsuyama 3.9503
22 Victor Dubuisson 3.8888
23 Tiger Woods 3.8779
24 Jamie Donaldson 3.7680
25 Patrick Reed 3.5743
26 Kevin Na 3.4549
27 Charl Schwartzel 3.4217
28 Ryan Moore 3.4132
29 Keegan Bradley 3.3093
30 Joost Luiten 3.3032
31 Thomas Bjorn 3.2461
32 Jason Dufner 3.2376
33 Bill Haas 3.2174
34 Steve Stricker 3.1806
35 Webb Simpson 3.1327
36 Stephen Gallacher 3.1066
37 Luke Donald 3.0602
38 Ryan Palmer 3.0367
39 Mikko Ilonen 2.9524
40 Ian Poulter 2.8841
41 Marc Leishman 2.8559
42 Gary Woodland 2.8473
43 Thongchai Jaidee 2.8222
44 Kevin Streelman 2.8029
45 Lee Westwood 2.7737
46 Brandt Snedeker 2.7671
47 Miguel A Jimenez 2.7619
48 Graham Delaet 2.6686
49 John Senden 2.6423
50 Brendon Todd 2.6300.
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