-Through Aug. 15
-Through Aug. 15
Martin Kaymer’s playoff victory Sunday at the U.S. PGA Championship over U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Bubba Watson was the 16th win by a non-American player on the U.S. PGA Tour this year.
It also means European Tour players – Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen – captured three of this season’s four major championships.
Kaymer is not new to being in the thick of things; he has placed in the top 10 in four of the last five majors.
The win helped Kaymer of Germany jump eight spots to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Watson leaped 25 places to No. 26.
Even though Tiger Woods finished the season without a major for the second straight year, he retains his No. 1 spot. After Woods’ 18-over-par performance two weeks ago at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, No. 2 Phil Mickelson had a chance to eclipse him but finished T-46. Mickelson and Woods fared better at the PGA, placing T-12 and T-28, respectively.
Jim Furyk and Ernie Els fell to No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, while Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who finished T-3 Sunday, moved up to seventh.
On the merit of their stirring performances last week, China’s Wen-chong Liang edged closer to a place in the top 50, while Korean Seung-yul Noh broke into the top 100 for the first time. Liang, who shot a course-record 64 at Whistling Straits, soared 18 spots to No. 60, while Noh moved to No. 99. Kyung-tae Kim, another young Korean who made the cut at the PGA Championship, climbed to No. 65.
There are now 12 Asians in the top 100, and two in the top 50: Y.E. Yang (No. 35) and K.J. Choi (No. 48).
Among this week’s other winners were Hunter Haas (No. 300) at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Nationwide Tour, Mark Tullo (not ranked) at the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour, and Aaron Goldberg (No. 862) at the Jane Rogers Championship on the Canadian Tour.
European Tour and Official World Golf Ranking contributed to this report.