After taking home the green jacket at the 2016 Masters, Danny Willett finds himself in the top 10 of the golf rankings for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old moves up to No.9 in the world, solidifying his spot as one of the best players in the sport.
Willett entered this past weekend’s tournament ranked No.12 in the world, and seeking his first major championship win. He finished in sixth place at the 2015 Open Championship, and earned three top-three finishes in his last five PGA events. Willett shot a 67 to win on Sunday, taking advantage of Jordan Spieth’s meltdown on the 12th hole that cost him the victory.
Spieth ranks No. 2, but remains golf's biggest rising star. The 22-year-old tied for second place on Sunday, giving him five straight top-four finishes at major tournaments. But his second-place finish might have been the most disappointing in Masters history, considering he shot six-over par on holes 10 through 12 to erase what was a comfortable lead.
With wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open, Spieth was the best golfer of 2015. He started 2016 off strong with a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, but has been winless since, with six finishes outside of the top eight.
Jason Day arrived in Augusta atop the world rankings, and leaves in the same position. His four-day score of one-over par was good enough to tie him for 10th at the Masters, where only six players finished under par for the tournament. The 28-year-old had been the hottest player on the PGA Tour before the Masters, winning two straight tournaments.
"There's not one guy out here that is dominating right now," Day said at a press conference before the Masters began. "I feel comfortable with where I'm at, walking around the grounds No. 1 in the world. It's a good feeling."
With Willett moving from No.12 to No.9, Patrick Reed is the only golfer to fall out of the top 10. Reed struggled at Augusta, tying for 49th place at 12-over par. He finished above-par in all four rounds, and he’s looking for his first win of the year.
Adam Scott was never in contention at Augusta with a final score of 11-over par, but other than Day, he had been playing better than anyone else in the PGA. Following a second-place finish at the Northern Trust Open on Feb. 21, Scott won two straight tournaments. He finds himself at No.7 in the rankings after finishing 2015 at No.12.
Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson remained the No.3 through No.6 players in the world after the Masters. McIlroy was near the top of the leaderboard heading into Saturday, but shooting a five-over, 77 on Saturday knocked him out of contention. Fowler played the worst out of any top-10 player, missing the cut because he shot an 80 on Day 1.
While Day and Spieth are on top of the PGA rankings, another former No. 1 is barely in sight. Tiger Woods, who has been sidelined since August due to back issues, ranks No. 476. The 40-year-old has not set a timetable for his return.