Matt Every’s victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational not only secured him a spot in the Masters, but also moved him to a career-high 44th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
It was the first career PGA Tour title for Every, who was ranked 94th a week ago and now has five top 10s this season. Before last week, he had yet to crack the top 100.
Keegan Bradley, who was runner-up at Bay Hill, moved up 10 spots to 18th while Adam Scott’s third-place finish kept him at No. 2 – had the Australian won Sunday he likely would’ve entered the Masters as the world’s top-ranked player.
Now, another has a shot at No. 1 in the coming weeks. Henrik Stenson is currently third after a top-10 finish at the API. If he wins next week at the Shell Houston Open, he could overtake the top spot, currently held by Tiger Woods.
Just as important, though, is the race for Masters invites via the OWGR top 50. The cutoff is after this week’s events.
Currently, there is only one player inside the top 50 who is not yet in the field – No. 38 Stephen Gallacher – and he is all but assured a spot. As far those on the outside looking in, No. 53 Richard Sterne is the closest while No. 55 George Coetzee and No. 56 Chesson Hadley are the next players not yet eligible.
Hadley will play the Valero Texas Open while Sterne and Coetzee are not in the field, and the European Tour event this week, the EurAsia Cup, is a team event and not considered by the OWGR.