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Viktor Hovland injects more young blood into world ranking

With Mayakoba victory, 23-year-old Norwegian rises to No. 15 as top 15 in Official World Golf Ranking average 28 years in age

28: Average age, in years, of the players ranked among the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Norway’s Viktor Hovland improved 11 spots overnight, to No. 15, with his victory Sunday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, his second PGA Tour title in 35 career starts. Hovland is one of 10 20-somethings among the top 15 in the world order. Among the top 15, only No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson, the 36-year-old Masters champion, and No. 6 Webb Simpson, 35, are older than 31. Johnson remained No. 1 for a 16th consecutive week. No. 14-ranked Matthew Wolff, at 21, is the youngest among the top 15, and No. 7 Collin Morikawa, the PGA Championship winner, is 23. South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout continued his climb in the world order, rising six spots, to No. 35, after his second consecutive victory of a tournament co-sponsored by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Meanwhile, American Rickie Fowler fell out of the top 50 for the first time since early 2014 and is at risk of not qualifying for the Masters for the first time since 2010.

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