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Sam Burns reaches career high in world ranking

American rises 50 spots in world order, to 44th, after winning Valspar Championship for 1st title on PGA Tour

44: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Sam Burns, who leaped 50 spots in the world order Monday to a career high after his victory one day earlier at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. Burns, 24, won for the first time on the PGA Tour, earning berths in this month’s PGA Championship and the other major championships, plus a two-year Tour exemption, among other perks. Burns, in his third season on the PGA Tour, had missed the cut in three of his previous four starts before his breakthrough victory. South Africa’s Dean Burmester, eyeing a return to the top 100 in the world order, improved 59 spots, to No. 107, after his victory at the European Tour’s Tenerife Open. Burmester, 31, was ranked as high as 86th in early 2016. The top 10 of the OWGR remained unchanged, with Dustin Johnson ranked No. 1 for a 37th consecutive week. Americans occupy eight of the top 10 spots. Norway’s Viktor Hovland improved four spots, to a career-high 11th, with a tie for third at the Valspar Championship.

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