Recent PGA Tour winners defy world rankings

J.B. Holmes is the third player outside the top 150 in the last six weeks to win on the PGA Tour.
J.B. Holmes is the third player outside the top 150 in the last six weeks to win on the PGA Tour. ( Getty Images )

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Granted, his fall in the world rankings is traced to injuries, but the fact remains that J.B. Holmes won the Wells Fargo Championship as the 242nd name in the Official World Golf Ranking.

That makes him the third player in the past six weeks to win from beyond the top 150 names (Steven Bowditch, 339th, and Seung-Yul Noh, 176th being the others) and he’s the seventh player outside the top 100 to win this year.

Two of the names who gave chase to the Wells Fargo title were Martin Flores, ranked 226th, and Kevin Kisner, No. 383. Both said they were drawing strength from the fact that so many lower-ranked players have won in 2013-14.

“I think what you’re finding out is just how good everybody is,” Kisner said. “Nobody is afraid to win anymore. Everybody likes the spotlight, and everybody can play. I mean, everybody is good out here.”

Did he even know his world ranking? Kisner laughed. “I have no idea. I don’t even look at that. Until I do something that’s worthwhile, then I’ll start looking at it. Bunch of 20ths and 30ths don’t get you anywhere in the world rankings. When I start winning, then I’ll start looking at that.”

For the record, Kisner’s share of sixth enabled him to move to No. 298.