Michael Thompson’s first PGA Tour victory led to a career-best position in the Official World Golf Ranking. He moved from 114th to 45th after winning the Honda Classic. Cracking the top 50 earned him his World Golf Championship Start at this week’s Cadillac Championship.
Thompson doesn’t have to worry about starts in the year’s first two majors. His runner-up finish at the 2012 U.S. Open earned him starts at the Masters and U.S. Open. His Honda Classic victory did earn him starts at the PGA Championship and Bridgestone Invitational, though.
Geoff Ogilvy’s runner-up finish at the Honda moved him from 79th to 47th in the world ranking. He also earned a return trip to the Cadillac Championship, which he won in 2008 after finishing third the previous year. Luke Guthrie, who finished third at the Honda Classic, moved to 64th in the Official World Golf Ranking; Guthrie was 106th in the OWGR before the Honda.
Other moves in the OWGR:
• David Lynn, the 2012 PGA runner-up, finished fourth at the Honda Classic to move from 57th to 50th.
• Patrick Cantlay jumped nearly 100 spots in the OWGR after winning on the Web.com Tour. He’s now 176th, one spot behind 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke.
• Dawie Van Der Walt’s win at the Tshwane Open moved him from 436th to 223rd in the world ranking.
• Peter Uihlein is 298th in the OWGR after finishing fourth at the Tshwane Open.