Fort Worth resident Jason Day climbed into the Top 10 of the world golf rankings today for the first time in his career after Sunday’s runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
Day, 23, moved to No. 9 in the updated rankings, up nine spots from last week. Day, who tied for second at the Masters in April, moved to seventh on the PGA Tour season money list with $2,720,362.
Although the top three spots in the world rankings remained the same this week, U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy climbed to the No. 4 spot _ the highest mark of his career _ in the wake of Sunday’s victory at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
The separation between the top five players in the world rankings is minimal, with Luke Donald (9.06 average points) holding the top spot, followed by Lee Westwood (8.80), Martin Kaymer (7.22), McIlroy (7.19) and Steve Stricker (6.50).
Tiger Woods fell to 17th in the updated rankings, his lowest point since he was 22nd in the rankings on Jan. 26, 1997 _ three months before Woods’ first of 14 major championship victories at the 1997 Masters.
_ Jimmy Burch