Kuchar rises, Spieth slides in world rankings

Matt Kuchar climbed 10 spots to No. 22 in the official world golf rankings released Monday, a day after the 40-year-old claimed his second victory of the PGA Tour season at the Sony Open.

Jordan Spieth failed to make the weekend for the second consecutive tournament, which caused him to slid another spot down to No. 18. That marks the Texan’s lowest ranking since December of 2013, according to the Golf Channel’s Will Gray.

Matt Kuchar
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Spieth is outside of the top 17 in the world rankings for the first time since the 2014 Sentry Tournament of Champions, and it marks a steep fall for a player who began the 2018 season ranked No. 2. He could tumble out of the top 20 depending on the results of players close to him in the rankings at this week’s Desert Classic in California and the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi.

Spieth shot a 4-under 66 on Friday, but still missed the cut by one shot following an opening-round 73. It marked the fourth time in his career that Spieth has missed consecutive cuts.

He is idle this week.

The top 11 spots in the rankings remained unchanged. Tiger Woods leapfrogged Rickie Fowler to No. 12 despite both players being off last week. England’s Tommy Fleetwood also dropped one place to No. 14, and is followed by Patrick Reed.

Australia’s Marc Leishman climbed to No. 16 with his tie for third place in Honolulu, as he has now recored a win, a runner-up, a tie for third and a tie for fourth in his past five worldwide starts.

Bubba Watson, who also missed the cut at the Sony Open, dropped a spot to No. 17, followed by Spieth, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson in the top 20.

Andrew Putnam, who finished solo second to Kuchar, vaulted 22 places to a career-best No. 45.

–Field Level Media