Koepka reclaims No. 1 without playing

Brooks Koepka reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the official world golf rankings despite not hitting a shot last week.

England’s Justin Rose vaulted Koepka for the top spot after winning the Turkish Airlines Open on Nov. 4, but there has been a very small margin separating him, Koepka and Dustin Johnson since the FedEx Cup Playoffs began in August.

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None of the three played last week, but Koepka did drop an old event from the two-year revolving window that is used in the rankings formula. That allowed him to move to a 10.32-point average, just ahead of Rose’s 10.16.

It ended Rose’s second one-week stint at the top since August, but he could return the favor shortly.

Rose has decided not to play in the European Tour season finale at the DP World Tour Championship, while Koepka will be competing at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan, where he will need to play well in order to stay ahead of Rose.

Johnson remained in the No. 3 spot, followed by fellow Americans Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. Itality’s Francesco Molinari edged up one spot ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, followed by Spain’s Jon Rahm, American Rickie Fowler and England’s Tommy Fleetwood in the top 10.

Spieth continues slide

Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and is scheduled to be off through the remainder of the year while he gets married, dropped another spot to No. 15. He is behind Australia’s Jason Day at No. 11 and fellow Americans Xander Schauffele, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau.

Matt Kuchar vaulted 11 spots to No. 29 with his victory in Mexico, while England’s Lee Westwood moved from No. 119 to 64 with his win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Both marked their first victories on their respective tours since 2014.

Rose is third in the standings in the Race to Dubai, but he would have needed a victory in the season-ending event and for Molinari to finish outside of the top 40 in order to have a chance to claim the No. 1 spot. England’s Paul Casey and American Julian Suri, who withdrew from the Nedbank event due to a muscular injury, also qualified for the European finale but are not in the 40-player field.

Hideto Tanihara, Matthew Southgate and Robert Rock will take their spots.

–Field Level Media