Johnson closes gap on Day in world rankings

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Dustin Johnson  AFP PHOTO

Dustin Johnson
AFP PHOTO

PARIS: Dustin Johnson overtook Jordan Spieth to become the new world No.2 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), after his thrilling victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The US Open champion reeled in Australian world number one Jason Day at Firestone to make it back-to-back titles on Sunday.

The big-hitting American is now fast closing in on Day at the top of the rankings ahead of the British Open at Royal Troon.

Other changes in the rankings saw Bubba Watson claim fifth spot from Henrik Stenson, who took the week off, and Branden Grace break into the top 10 for the first time at the expense of Justin Rose.


Further down the rankings, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee moved up 20 places to 37th after holding off Rory McIlroy to win the French Open.

World top 20 on July 4:

1. Jason Day (AUS) 13.48 pts

2. Dustin Johnson (USA) 11.15 (+1)

3. Jordan Spieth (USA) 11.15 (-1)

4. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 9.14

5. Bubba Watson (USA) 7.30 (+1)

6. Henrik Stenson (SWE) 7.16 (-1)

7. Rickie Fowler (USA) 6.65

8. Adam Scott (AUS) 6.54

9. Danny Willett (ENG) 6.25

10. Branden Grace (RSA) 5.41 (+2)

11. Justin Rose (ENG) 5.37 (-1)

12. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 5.30 (-1)

13. Patrick Reed (USA) 4.92

14. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 4.61

15. Matt Kuchar (USA) 4.36 (+2)

16. Brooks Koepka (USA) 4.28 (-1)

17. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 4.28 (-1)

18. Zach Johnson (USA) 3.94 (+1)

19. Jim Furyk (USA) 3.90 (-1)

20. J.B. Holmes (USA) 3.83 (+1)

AFP

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