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Thomas soars on World Rankings list

 

With only one men's professional tournament of note being staged last week, it was expected that not too many World Golf Ranking changes would be announced on Monday.

But this wasn't quite the case.

There were indeed no changes in the Top 10 of the Rankings, but just behind this, US young gun Justin Thomas did manage to rocket from No 22 to 12th in the world on the strength of his fine win in the CBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday.

And super-hot Hideki Matsuyama, who, bidding for his 5th successive worldwide title, and who finished second to Thomas for the second time, almost nudged Jordan Spieth out of 5th place in the rankings.

Spieth, who, in a quiet year last year, had slipped back to 5th place from the premier spot, he had held at the top of the rankings in 2015 following his victories in the Masters and the US Open, might well have lost another rung had he not fired a closing 65 to tie for third in Hawaii.

As it is, with 8.0009 average points, he is only 00.168 of a point clear of Matsuyama's 7.9841.

For Thomas, who, as a freshman at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2012, won the Haskins Award for the US's most outstanding collegiate golfer and who, along with good friend Jordan Spieth, is currently seen as one of the American youngsters most likely to succeed, this victory gave him his second win in a season that started late in 2016 and ends in 2017.

For his maiden triumph, he edged out Adam Scott by a shot in the Cimb Classic in Malaysia in October.

TOP 30 WORLD RANKINGS
(As on Jan 9, 2017)
(See under position this week, position last week, players name, country, average points)

1 1 Jason Day (Aus) 10.5667
2 2 Rory McIlroy (Nir) 9.6428
3 3 Dustin Johnson (USA) 9.3581
4 4 Henrik Stenson (SWE) 8.5561
5 5 Jordan Spieth (USA) 8.0009
6 6 Hideki Matsuyama (Jap) 7.9841
7 7 Adam Scott (Aus) 6.4437
8 8 Patrick Reed (USA) 5.4869
9 9 Alex Noren (Swe) b5.2966
10 10 Bubba Watson (USA) 5.0241
11 11 Danny Willett (Eng) 4.9970
12 22 Justin Thomas (USA) 4.8812
13 12 Rickie Fowler (USA) 4.8603
14 13 Sergio Garcia (Isp)4.6506
15 14 Paul Casey (Eng) 4.6179
16 15 Justin Rose (Eng) 4.3347
17 18 Brooks Koepka (USA) 4.2594
18 17 Branden Grace (RSA) 4.2446
19 18 Russell Knox (Sco) 4.1672
20 21 Jimmy Walker (USA) 4.0323
21 20 Matt Kuchar (USA) 4.0315
22 19 Phil Mickelson (USA) 4.0238
23 22 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) 3.6342
24 23 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 3.6169
25 25 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 3.5566
26 26 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 3.5211
27 28 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 3.4869
28 29 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Isp) 3.4486
29 30 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) 3.3371
30 29 J.B. Holmes (USA) 3.3105.

Neville Leck

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