OWGR: Garcia re-enters top 10; Stallings to 53rd
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sergio Garcia moved back into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since 2009 following his victory Sunday at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
The Spaniard entered the event in Doha, Qatar, ranked 11th in the world. The victory was his second in his last three ranked starts and the 11th European Tour title of his career.
The runner-up in Qatar, Mikko Ilonen, improved 29 spots, to 62nd, which puts him in position to qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play. The top 64 players in the world as of Feb. 10 earn match-play invitations, although some eligible players, including Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, are not expected to play.
Here's a look at Nos. 60-70 in the world:
- 60. Thorbjorn Olesen
- 61. Bernd Wiesberger
- 62. Mikko Ilonen
- 63. Scott Piercy
- 64. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
- 65. Brendon de Jonge
- 66. Peter Uihlein
- 67. Stephen Gallacher
- 68. D.A. Points
- 69. Bo Van Pelt
- 70. Angel Cabrera
Scott Stallings also played himself into a match-play spot by jumping from 112th to a career-best 53rd following his win at the Farmers Insurance Open. It was his third career PGA Tour victory.
Falling out of the top 10 was Steve Stricker, who dropped two spots to 11th. The Nos. 6 and 7 spots also changed, with Rory McIlroy returning to sixth and Zach Johnson falling to seventh.