Keeping Score

Jon Rahm raises Spanish flag atop world ranking

Recent Memorial Tournament champion joins the late Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to head the Official World Golf Ranking

2: Number of Spaniards who have claimed the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. After winning the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Jon Rahm joined the late Seve Ballesteros as Spain’s only No. 1 golfers in the world ranking. Rahm, 25, moved up one spot, bumping Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy to No. 2 after an 11-week reign, his eighth time atop the OWGR. The rest of the ranking remained unchanged through No. 16. England’s Matthew Fitzgerald jumped seven spots, to No. 20, marking his first time in the top 20 of the world order. Fitzgerald, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, was the beneficiary of a guest appearance by Jim “Bones” Mackay, a CBS on-course analyst and the longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson, on the bag. Ballesteros, a five-time major champion and the force behind Europe’s Ryder Cup prominence, died at age 54 in 2011. He spent a total of 61 weeks from 1986 to 1989 as No. 1. Rahm, who played college golf at Arizona State and was the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks in 2015-16, turned professional after the 2016 U.S. Open. He won six months later at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, the first of his four PGA Tour titles. Rahm has been a fixture in the top 10 of the world ranking since he finished runner-up in 2017 at Colonial. He managed only a 1-2 record for Europe’s victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team, but his lone point was a big one: a singles victory against Tiger Woods. Rahm also has won six times on the European Tour.

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