Russell Henley cracked the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking in just his first start as a PGA Tour member.
Henley, who won twice on the Web.com Tour last season, started this week’s Sony Open at No. 130 in the OWGR. He moved to 50th with his three-shot win.
Henley, a Georgia native, earned a Masters start with the Sony win, as well as starts in the WGC-Bridgestone, Players Championship and PGA Championship. The potential rise in the OWGR could help the rookie get into several other prestigious events.
The top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Feb. 11 will earn spots in the WGC-Accenture Match Play. The OWGR’s top 50 on Feb. 25 and March 4 – or the FedEx Cup’s top 10 on March 4 – get into the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The U.S. Open and Open Championship also use the OWGR to fill their fields.
Louis Oosthuizen moved to a career-high fourth in the latest Official World Golf Ranking. Oosthuizen earned 38 points – the same as the Sony Open winner – for his victory at the Volvo Golf Champions, a European Tour event in his native South Africa. He started the week at sixth in the OWGR.
Oosthuizen has finished in the top 6 in seven of his past eight starts. The Volvo Golf Champions victory was his first since last year’s Maybank Malaysian Open. Oosthuizen won there one week after losing a playoff to Bubba Watson at the Masters.