Ben An wasn’t able to chase down world No. 1 Dustin Johnson on Sunday, but his T-2 finish at the RBC Canadian Open came with more than just a big check.
An jumped from 61st to 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking, thereby adding his name to the field at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Championship in Akron, Ohio.
The result was An’s second runner-up – he lost a three-way playoff at the Memorial last month – and fourth top-10 of 2018, which has him 57 spots from where he started the year in 97th.
“Seeing the No. 1 in the world playing golf is quite exciting, and he’s pretty good,” An said Sunday, referencing Johnson. “But I tried really hard and tried to get to my second place. Overall I think it was a decent week, definitely. And I get to play in the Firestone next week, so that’s a bonus.”
Updated Official World Golf Ranking
DJ, meanwhile, padded his lead atop the rankings. Only No. 2 Justin Rose could possibly catch Johnson this week in Akron, although a much wider array of No. 1 scenarios will be in play at the PGA Chamionship in two weeks.
As for other notable moves, European Open winner Richard McEvoy went from 275th to 139th with his win in Germany, while John Allen, a 30-year-old deaf amateur playing on a sponsor’s invite, rocketed from 944th to to 451st on the strength of his of his tie for second. Of course, he he missed out on the money, as fellow runner-ups Christofer Blomstrand and Renato Paratore walked away with €173,710.
With no changes from last week, here is your OWGR top 10 for Week 30: 1. Dustin Johnson, 2. Justin Rose, 3. Justin Thomas, 4. Brooks Koepka, 5. Jon Rahm, 6. Francesco Molinari, 7. Rory McIlroy, 8. Jordan Spieth, 9. Rickie Fowler, 10. Jason Day.