Australia’s Jason Day vaulted seven spots to No. 7 in the world golf rankings on Monday, a day after winning his second tournament of 2018 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.
The former world No. 1 also won the Farmers Insurance Open in February and has two other top-five finishes this year. A tie for 36th at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is his only finish outside the top 22 in 2018. Day tied for 20th at the Masters.
The top six remained unchanged as Dustin Johnson is still No. 1, followed by fellow American Justin Thomas, Spain’s Jon Rahm, American Jordan Spieth, England’s Justin Rose and American Rickie Fowler.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (No. 8) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama slid one spot, with Masters champion Patrick Reed rounding out the Top 10.
Tiger Woods moved up one spot to No. 92 despite a disappointing tie for 55th at Quail Hollow.
Reed also remained atop the U.S. Ryder Cup team points race with an eighth-place finish at the Wells Fargo. There was not much movement within the top eight automatic qualifying spots as Reed is followed by Thomas, Johnson, Spieth, Bubba Watson, Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka. Mickelson and Koepka, the reigning U.S. Open champion who is playing his way back into form following a wrist injury, swapped spots.
The biggest move within the top 25 came from Bryson DeChambeau, who climbed three spots to No. 12 with his fourth-place finish at Quail Hollow. He also rose to a career-best No. 42 in the world.
The four majors in 2018 are weighted heavily in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points race, with winners receiving two points per $1,000 earned at the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship, and all other players receiving 1.5 points per $1,000 earned. That’s compared to one point per every $1,000 earned in regular PGA Tour events in 2018 leading up to the Aug. 12 cutoff.
The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September. Future venues include Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. in 2020, the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy in ’22 and Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. in ’24. Europe has yet to announce the home courses for the 2026 and ’30 Ryder Cups. After returning to Hazeltine in ’28, the next U.S. course will be The Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2032.
–Field Level Media