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Matsuyama now Japan's highest ranked golfer

 

Official World Golf Ranking's top three golfers week 20 - 2017

Hideki Matsuyama made golfing history on Monday when the release of the latest World Rankings saw him move up from No 4 to No 3 in the world, making him the highest ranked male Japanese golfer of all time.

A multiple winner worldwide over the past six or seven months, Matsuyama's latest ranking move follows his 22nd place finish in the highly elite field of champions who battled it out in The Players at TPC Sawgrass last week.

The 25-year-old Japanese star bettered a long-standing record set by Tsuneyuki Nakajima, who reached the No 4 spot in 1987, a year before his best ever performance on the PGA tour — this being a third place finish at the 1988 Players Championship.

Another Japanese golfer, Ai Miyazato, has reached as high as No 1 in the World, but she is a woman and her feat set her top the Women's World Golf Rankings in 2010.

Matsuyama, who changed places with Australia's Jason Day, a man who had started his year as the World No 1, triumphed in two of his first five tournaments in Japan this past season and then finishing second in two others before he returned to the US and successfully defended his Phoenix Open title in a four-hole playoff in February.

In the end, at Sawgrass on Sunday, a 21-year-old South Korean outsider, Kim Si-woo, a one-time US PGA Tour winner, shook the golfing world to its very core by blowing away the cream of world golf and winning by three shots - and, for this grand effort, saw himself being rocketed from 75th to No 28 in the World Rankings.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, who finished in a tie for second with England's Ian Poulter at Sawgrass, also surged impressively on the World Rankings list, in his case from 33rd to No 18 - just one spot behind Charl Schwartzel, currently South Africas highest ranked golfer.

Poulter has some way to go before he gets anywhere near Rory McIlroy, at No 2, Great Britain's highest World Ranked golfer, but his strong finish at Sawgrass on Sunday did hoist him from the 197th place he had tumbled down to during his struggles with a lingering foot injury to a latest high at No 80 in the world.

LATEST TOP-30 IN THE WORLD RANKINGS
(Monday a.m. May 15, 2017)

1 1 Dustin Johnson 13.3213
2 2 Rory McIlroy 8.5023
3 4 Hideki Matsuyama 7.6993
4 3 Jason Day 7.6057
5 6 Sergio Garcia 7.2170
6 5 Jordan Spieth 7.2129
7 7 Henrik Stenson 7.1941
8 8 Justin Rose 5.4677
9 11 Adam Scott 5.4149
10 9 Rickie Fowler 5.3389
11 10 Justin Thomas 5.1297
12 12 Jon Rahm 5.0426
13 13 Alex Noren 4.9874
14 14 Paul Casey 4.3510
15 15 Patrick Reed 4.1942
16 16 Tyrrell Hatton 4.0507
17 17 Charl Schwartzel 3.9007
18 33 Louis Oosthuizen 3.8749
19 19 Brooks Koepka 3.873
20 18 Matt Kuchar 3.7983
21 20 Phil Mickelson 3.7386
22 21 Danny Willett 3.5588
23 23 Kevin Chappell 3.5166
24 22 Branden Grace 3.4624
25 35 Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3.4617
26 24 Jimmy Walker 3.4303
27 25 Thomas Pieters 3.4285
28 75 Kim Si-woo 3.3860
29 28 Tommy Fleetwood 3.3853
30 29 Bernd Wiesberger 3.3807.

Neville Leck

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