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Stewart Cink returns to top 50 in world ranking

After winning PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, Cink jumps 71 spots, to No. 44, in Official World Golf Ranking; John Catlin hits career high

44: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of 71 spots, for American Stewart Cink on Monday, one day after he won the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cink, who will turn 48 next month, has won twice this season. Cink was ranked No. 300 in the world before he won the Safeway Open on Sept. 13, ending an 11-year winless streak that dated to his 2009 British Open victory. Cink has posted three consecutive top-20 results, including a T-12 at the Masters. He was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world in 2008. American Harold Varner III, who was co-runner-up to Cink at Harbour Town, surged 66 spots, to a career-high No. 73. American John Catlin, who won the European Tour’s Austrian Open, also made a big move in the world order, improving from No. 124 to a career-high 79th. It was Catlin’s third victory in the past seven months on the European Tour. The top 15 in the world order remained unchanged, with American Dustin Johnson ranked No. 1 for a 35th consecutive week.

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