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World Rankings: McIlroy, Day on the move

 

Jason Day's playoff defeat of Alex Noren on Monday at the Farmers Insurance Open has halted his fall on the World Ranking list and has hoisted the 30-year-old Australian four places to No 10.

That's still some way from the No 1 spot he held for 51 weeks until some 18 months ago, but with a new "mindset" this year when he says he'll actively be targeting that No 1 spot again after a "burnout" and winless 2017, Day is hoping that it won't take too long to get back up there again.

Rory McIlroy, another former World No 1 of recent vintage, didn't manage to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday in just his second event since the 3-month break he took to fully heal an old rib injury.

He was pipped at the post by the new Chinese star Li Haotong, but the Northern Irishman's 2nd place finish after his tie for 4th in Abu Dhabi last week has seen him also halt a slide on the ranking list and begin moving up again - this week from 11th to No 8 in place of Brooks Koepke.

In the strong Abu Dhabi field that included World No 1 Dustin Johnson, the high ranking points earned by Li have rocketed him from No 60 into the Top 50 bubble at No 32 where he'll now automatically qualify for all the Majors, the four World Golf Championship events and a good few other big tournaments.

In other ranking shuffles this week, Henrik Stenson has slipped back from 10th to 12th and Sergio Garcia from 9th to 11th, but otherwise there was no change among the World top seven players, Johnson continuing to hold the No 1 spot with young guns Jon Rahm of Spain and Texan Jordan Spieth second and third respectively.

WORLD RANKINGS - TOP 30
(Tuesday AM, Jan 29, 2018)

1 1 Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.7194
2 2 Jon Rahm (ESP) 9.5432
3 3 Jordan Spieth (USA) 8.7986
4 4 Justin Thomas (USA) 8.0126
5 5 Hideki Matsuyama (JAP 7.4033
6 6 Justin Rose (ENG) 7.3909
7 7 Rickie Fowler (USA) 6.6493
8 11 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 6.0918
9 8 Brooks Koepka (USA) 5.9955
10 14 Jason Day (AUS) 5.7964
11 9 Sergio Garcia (ESP)5.6604
12 10 Henrik Stenson (SWE) 5.5928
13 12 Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 5.4265
14 13 Marc Leishman (AUS) 5.1881
15 18 Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 4.8054
16 19 Alex Noren (SWE) 4.7543
17 15 Paul Casey (ENG) 4.5769
18 17 Pat Perez (USA) 4.4960
19 16 Matt Kuchar (USA) 4.4436
20 20 Brian Harman (USA) 3.8317
21 21 Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 3.8240
22 22 Francesco Molinari (ITA) 3.6896
23 23 Charley Hoffman (USA) 3.5868
24 24 Patrick Reed (USA) 3.4453
25 26 Xander Schauffele (USA) 3.3872
26 27 Ross Fisher (ENG) 3.3739
27 29 Branden Grace (RSA) 3.3431
28 28 Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 3.3082
29 25 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 3.2892
30 30 Kevin Kisner (USA) 3.2669
31 31 Daniel Berger (USA) 3.1015.

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.