Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fleetwood, Fisher make OWGR moves in Mexico

Dustin Johnson had nowhere to go in the world rankings following his win at the WGC-Mexico Championship, but that didn’t preclude those below him from moving up in the standings.

Johnson’s one-shot win came in his first start as world No. 1, and it strengthened his grip on the top spot over an idle Jason Day.

The man closest to Johnson in Mexico City was Tommy Fleetwood, who continues his rapid ascent through the rankings in 2017. Fleetwood won earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, and his WGC runner-up helped him move up to No. 35. It’s 20 spots higher than last week and 64 spots higher than where he began the year.

Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher also made a move with a pair of important deadlines looming. Fisher’s T-3 finish jumped him from No. 72 to No. 55, with the top 64 next week qualifying for the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

Fisher also now has a chance to crack the OWGR top 50 by March 27, a feat that would earn him his first trip to the Masters since 2012.

Other notable moves in Mexico included Jon Rahm, who moved up 13 spots to No. 25 with his T-3 finish, and Thomas Pieters, who rose six spots to No. 29 after finishing T-5.

There were two changes among the top 10, as Jordan Spieth moved past Henrik Stenson at No. 5 following the Swede’s withdrawal, and Justin Thomas’ T-5 result was enough to leapfrog Adam Scott.

Johnson remains No. 1 for another week, followed by Day, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Spieth. Stenson now sits at No. 6, followed by Thomas, Scott, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.

With his next start still up in the air because of lingering back issues, Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 713.

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