Fowler vaults to No. 8 in world rankings

Rickie Fowler vaulted six spots to No. 8 in the official world golf rankings on Monday following his fifth career PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

There were no changes among the top seven, with England’s Justin Rose remaining No. 1 despite a missed cut at the Saudi International. Brooks Koepka is still No. 2 following a tie for 57th, but Dustin Johnson closed the gap considerably with his victory in the inaugural event on the European Tour.

Justin Thomas is No. 4, followed by Bryson DeChambeau, Spain’s Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Fowler. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Italy’s Francesco Molinari each dropped one spot to close out the top 10.

Fowler fell to No. 14 following a tie for 66th at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, but he earned 56 points for Sunday’s victory. He reached as high as sixth in the rankings last year.

Despite a difficult closing stretch on Sunday, Matt Kuchar continued his rise up the rankings. He is now No. 20 following a tie for fourth in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is also second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Schauffele.

–Field Level Media

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