Justin Rose is back to No. 3 in the world.
Following his first major victory Sunday at the U.S. Open, Rose jumped two spots to third in the latest Official World Golf Ranking. He returns to the No. 3 spot for the first time since finishing second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this season. He dropped to fourth the following week, though, after a T-25 showing at the Masters.
Rose has missed just six cuts since the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open, which is the last tournament used in this week’s ranking. He also has three wins and 24 top-10s during that span.
Phil Mickelson, who tied for second at Merion Golf Club for his sixth career U.S. Open runner-up finish, moved from No. 10 to sixth. It’s Phil’s highest ranking since he was ranked sixth after a T-19 finish at the 2011 PGA Championship. He dropped to ninth the next week following a T-43 showing at the 2011 Barclays and had dropped as low as No. 22 earlier this season after tying for 51st at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Here are some other notable rises and falls coming out of the U.S. Open:
• Jason Day improved to No. 16 after his T-2 finish at Merion. Day was No. 45 after this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s also his highest ranking since he was ranked No. 16 following a missed cut at the 2012 Players Championship.
• Billy Horschel tied for fourth at Merion, moving to No. 34 in the world. He entered the U.S. Open at No. 50. He has improved 202 spots since this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and 645 spots since the 2011 John Deere Classic.
• Hunter Mahan remained at No. 22 despite a T-4 showing at the U.S. Open. Mahan hasn’t cracked the top 20 since being ranked No. 19 following the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship. He was fourth after his victory at the 2012 Shell Houston Open.
• Hideki Matsuyama finish T-10 at Merion, vaulting to No. 49 in the world. He was ranked No. 131 entering 2013, but wins at the Tsuruya Open and Diamond Cup on the Japan Tour have helped him move into the top 50.
• David Toms, after missing the cut at Merion, dropped to No. 108. He entered 2013 ranked No. 36.
• Webb Simpson dropped out of the top 20 to No. 21 after finishing T-32 at Merion. Simpson moved to No. 5 following his U.S. Open victory in 2012 at the Olympic Club.
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Scott Parel improved 356 spots to No. 343 following his victory at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic. His previous highest world ranking was No. 564. . . . Simon Thornton defeated Tjaart Van der Walt in a playoff to win the Najeti Hotels Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European and European Challenge tours. Following that victory, Thornton moved up 443 spots to No. 299 in the world. Van der Walt improved from No. 491 to No. 332. Also, former Florida State golfer Brooks Koepka continued his rise up the world ranking with his top-10 finish in France. Koepka, who now has a victory and five top-5s in his last six world ranked-events, is No. 153 in the latest ranking. He entered 2013 at No. 443.
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The top 10
Here is a look at the latest top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking:
No. (Previous week) Player (2013 U.S. Open finish), Points
- (1) Tiger Woods (T-32), 13.06
- (2) Rory McIlroy (T-41), 9.52
- (5) Justin Rose (1st), 8.19
- (3) Adam Scott (T-45), 7.35
- (4) Matt Kuchar (T-28), 6.69
- (10) Phil Mickelson (T-2), 6.17
- (6) Luke Donald (T-8), 6.07
- (7) Brandt Snedeker (T-17), 5.97
- (8) Graeme McDowell (MC), 5.59
- (9) Louis Oosthuizen (WD), 5.28