Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Brooks Koepka, who reclaimed the top spot without having struck a shot last week. Oddly enough, Justin Rose, who dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 after only one week at the top, also was idle. The rankings are determined weekly, taking into account total points divided by the number of events played during a two-year period. Tournaments on worldwide professional tours are awarded ranking points based on strength of field. The OWGR has crowned a new No. 1 five times in the past 10 weeks, since Dustin Johnson ended a 13-week reign on Sept. 9: Justin Rose (two weeks), Johnson (four weeks), Koepka (two weeks), Rose (one week) and now Koepka again.
Number of exemptions to be earned from this week’s Emirates Australian Open into next summer’s British Open. Three players who finish among the top 10 and ties this week at The Lakes in Sydney, Australia, who are not already exempt will earn berths in the 148th Open at Royal Portrush on July 18-21. The Australian Open is the first event in the Open Qualifying Series. Among the entrants this week in Australia, five contestants already have qualified for the British Open: Americans Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley, Australian Cameron Smith and amateurs Viktor Hovland of Norway and Takumi Kanaya of Japan.