PGA Championship winner vaults to highest ranking in 2 years after long-shot victory at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course
32: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Phil Mickelson, who surged 83 spots after his victory Sunday at the PGA Championship. Mickelson, who entered the week at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Resort’s Ocean Course at No. 115 and with 300-1 odds to win, was the fifth-lowest-ranked player to triumph in a major championship, behind No. 396 Ben Curtis (2003 British Open), No. 169 Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA), No. 168 John Daly (1991 PGA) and No. 159 Paul Lawrie (1999 British Open). Mickelson hasn’t been ranked as high as No. 32 since mid-2019. Though Mickelson was a perennial fixture among the world’s top 10 for nearly two decades beginning in 1996, he never made it higher than No. 2. Despite having missed the cut at the PGA, American Dustin Johnson retained the top spot in the ranking for a 40th consecutive week. American Brooks Koepka, a co-runner-up at the PGA, returned to the top 10, improving six spots, to No. 7.
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